GUSD Teacher to Participate in National Program

Summer 2016

El Camino teacher, Linda Sparkhul has been selected from pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of July 11-15, 2016.

During the five-day program, Mrs. Sparkhul and other participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.

Educators attending the teacher institutes participate in and develop primary-source-based teaching strategies that they can take back to their school districts, apply in the classroom and share with colleagues. Teaching with primary sources is a powerful way to help students ask engaged, probing questions, develop critical-thinking skills and construct knowledge. All educators may freely access classroom materials, teaching tools and strategies for teaching with primary sources from the Library’s site for teachers at

Applicants to the Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes reflect the diversity of the world of K-12 education. Participants in a teacher institute session typically include school library media specialists and school administrators, in addition to classroom teachers. Those selected come from many different states, representing large metropolitan school districts and smaller, rural school districts. The expertise provided by the Library of Congress during the institutes can benefit every level of K-12 education.

Primary sources are the raw materials of history—original documents and objects that were created at the time period under study. They are different from secondary sources—accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience. Students working with primary sources become engaged learners while building critical-thinking skills and constructing new knowledge. Teachers working in the Library’s collections will explore the largest online collection of historical artifacts with access to millions of unique primary sources for use in instruction.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at, and register creative works of authorship at

Other participants in this program include:

Melanie Alimusa, St. Mary-Basha Catholic Elementary School, Chandler, Arizona
Charlotte Bray, Junior Collegiate Academy, Huntington Park, California
Colleen Briner-Schmidt, Conejo Valley Unified School District, Thousand Oaks, California
Michelle Castrofilippo, Cantiague Elementary School, Jericho, New York
Kathy Crozier, Matthew Turner Elementary School, Benicia, California
Diane Daniel, Columbus Academy, Gahanna, Ohio
Jennifer Eckert-Toler, San Clemente (California) High School
Jess Garman, Crystal Springs Uplands School, Hillsborough, California
Daniel Gattuso, Washington Grove Elementary School, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Ashleigh Gillespie, Butterfield Trail Middle School, Van Buren, Arkansas
Derrith Green, Windsor (Connecticut) High School
Thomas Kelly, Stafford (Virginia) Middle School
Dawn Knoll, Paynesville (Minnesota) Area Secondary School
Pam Lebret, Cactus Middle School, Casa Grande, Arizona
Lauren Magnuson, Kenwood High IB and Sports Science, Baltimore, Maryland
Gwynn Moore, Aurora (Colorado) Frontier P-8
Kristin Muncey, Aspire Junior Collegiate Academy, Huntington Park, California
Janie Pickett, Eureka (Missouri) High School
Donna Roberts, Rock Hill (South Carolina) High School
Kevin Robinson, Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, Georgia
Anne Schoelz, Russell Boulevard Elementary School, Columbia, Missouri
Nancy Segal, City and Country School, New York, New York
Linda Sparkuhl, El Camino School, Santa Barbara, California
Deborah Tong, Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham, Maine
Alison Walter, Francis Hammond Middle School, Alexandria, Virginia
Lindsey Wooldridge, Madrona Middle School, Torrance, California
Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a carefully chosen group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.