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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Eighteen middle and high school educators have been selected to participate in Memorializing the Fallen: Honoring those Who Served — a professional development program based on a partnership between National History Day®, the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), and the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). During this nine-month program, teachers learn about those who served during World War I and the Korean War, and their experiences as Veterans after the war.

Throughout the program, teachers attend virtual lectures, engage in scholarship on the conflict, and participate in discussions. Because immersive experiences create richer teaching materials, the group will walk in the footsteps of history as they travel to one of 18 national Veterans’ cemeteries, as well as some sites associated with the period in which their Veteran served. This advanced professional development for teachers pays for travel to locations as well as curriculum development materials.


All of these activities support the development of the final products the teachers create: a lesson activity connected to a local cemetery, a fallen hero profile, and a Veteran profile. Teachers will research the life of a fallen hero, an American who died during the conflict and is buried or memorialized at a national, state or tribal Veteran’s cemetery or an American military cemetery overseas.


At the same time, the teachers are developing a lesson activity connecting one element of WWI or the Korean War with a local national, state, or tribal Veteran’s cemetery. Activities are designed for use by school or community groups who visit the cemetery. Materials will be created using sources from the NCA, ABMC, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the local community.

The goal for the Memorializing the Fallen program is to invigorate the teaching and learning of WWI and the Korean War in classrooms as we mark the centennial of WWI and the 65th anniversary of the Korean War. All of the resources will be made available for free at NCA’s Veterans Legacy Program website in November 2018.


The following teachers have been chosen for this competitive program. Teachers are listed with the school, city and state, and the cemetery they have been assigned.



Alison Browning

J.P. McCaskey Campus High School

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery


Kathy Tucker Carroll

St. John’s Episcopal School

Dallas, Texas

Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery


Whitney Joyner

Northeast Middle School

Clarksville, Tennessee

Nashville National Cemetery


Amanda Kordeliski

Norman North High School

Norman Oklahoma

Seminole National and Veterans Memorial Cemetery


Jeremy Miller (USMC Veteran)

Cambridge Isanti High School

Cambridge, Minnesota

Fort Snelling National Cemetery


Christina O’Connor

Hingham High School

Hingham, Massachusetts

Massachusetts National Cemetery


Matthew Poth (USMC Veteran)

Park View High School

Sterling, Virginia

Quantico National Cemetery


Cherie Redelings

Francis Parker School

San Diego, California

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery


Meghan Thomas

Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center

Chicago, Illinois

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery


Korean War


Amy Boehning

Mililani High School, Mililani, Hawaii

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific


Greg Borchardt

Lorena High School

Lorena, Texas

Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery


Amie Dryer

Calvert High School

Prince Frederick, Maryland

Loudon Park National Cemetery


Chris Johnson

Central Bucks High School – East

Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Washington Crossing National Cemetery


Paul Gauthier (U.S. Coast Guard Veteran)

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School

Cary, North Carolina

Raleigh National Cemetery


Katie Hoerner

Belleville East High School

Belleville, Illinois

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Missouri


Maggie Holtgreive

Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery


Gena Oppenheim

Saint Ann’s School

Brooklyn, New York

Cypress Hills National Cemetery


Erica Swenson,

Whittier Middle School

Poland, Maine
Togus National Cemetery