Published April 30, 2024

Charlottesville, Va—Today, Virginia Humanities announced seven new recipients of its K-12 Educator Fellowship, designed to support educators from around the Commonwealth who are committed to teaching the humanities for primary and secondary school students. 

Over the next nine months, they will meet, learn, and work together to create learning experiences that will be shared on the Virginia Humanities Education website, a free resource accessible to educators everywhere. Fellows receive a stipend of $4,000, supplies for their classroom (up to $180), and two relevant books needed for research (up to $60). 

“The K-12 Educator Fellowship is a great opportunity to learn, explore, and re-ignite your interest in the pursuit of knowledge. Getting the freedom to create lessons however I wanted allowed me to just follow my interests, which was wonderful.” 

Harrison Cash, a member of the 2023-24 cohort who teaches in Charlottesville

This year’s cohort is composed of educators from five of the eight Superintendent’s Regions: Central Virginia (Region 1); Tidewater (Region 2); Northern Virginia (Region 4); Valley (Region 5); and Southwest (Region 7). Their proposed research topics range from the importance of cultural artifacts in telling Southwest Virginia’s history to critical perspectives on the Commonwealth’s juvenile justice system.

The 2024–25 cohort also includes a new fellowship focused on using content from Encyclopedia Virginia, Virginia Humanities’ free history resource. Recipient Anne Walker of Loudoun County will explore how Encyclopedia Virginia can be used to explore the role of Indigenous peoples in Virginia during the Revolutionary War.

For more information on Virginia Humanities’ fellowship program, visit VirginiaHumanities.org/fellowships

2024–25 K-12 Educator Fellows

Evan Liddiard Jr. (Richmond) 

Project: Adding Breadth and Depth to the Virginia History Curriculum 
Grade Levels: 9-12 
Subject Areas: Civics, Social Studies, English, Humanities, Human Geography 

Spencer Billett (Henrico County) 

Project: Petitions of the Enslaved 
Grade Levels: 10-11
Subject Area: U.S. History 

Velvet Smith (Portsmouth) 

Project: Beyond the Verdict: Cultivating Critical Perspectives on Juvenile Justice 
Grade Levels: K-8
Subject Areas: English, Social Studies 

Alynn Parham (James City County) 

Project: Place-Based Learning 
Grade Levels: 9-12 
Subject Area: Social Studies 

Anne Walker (Loudoun County) 

Project: Virginia’s Indigenous in the American Revolution 
Grade Levels: 9-12 
Subject Area: Social Studies 

William “Blair” Amberly (Charlottesville) 

Project: Learning About the Monacan Indian Nation: Their Lives, Impact, and Importance 
Grade Level: K-5 
Subject Areas: Social Studies, Language Arts 

Alexander Long (Lee County) 

Project: Thinking Outside the Box: Finding and Understanding Artifacts 
Grade Level: 9-12 
Subject Area: English, Social Studies, Folklore, History

About Virginia Humanities 

Virginia Humanities is the state humanities council. We’re headquartered in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia, but we serve the entire state. We aim to share the stories of all Virginians—or, better yet, find ways for people to share their own stories. We want Virginians to connect with their history and culture and, in doing that, we hope we’ll all get to know each other a little better. Founded in 1974, we are one of fifty-six humanities councils created by Congress with money and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities to make the humanities available to all Americans. To learn more, visit VirginiaHumanities.org

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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