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India Meissel


India currently teaches in the History Department of Lakeland High School in Suffolk, Virginia, where she serves as the Department Chairperson and Lead Teacher for U.S. History. She has taught students at all levels from the virtual to inclusion, to Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment, during her 30-year career. In addition, she has served as an Adjunct Professor of History at Paul D. Camp Community College on both the Suffolk and Smithfield campuses for the past 20 years.  A lifelong visitor to Colonial Williamsburg, India joined the Educational Department in 2007 as a writer/collaborator with the web-based Idea of America program. She currently holds the title of Master Teacher Ambassador for Colonial Williamsburg; a select group of educators from across the nation serving as workshop and conference facilitators, curriculum writers, and Teacher Institute peers.

India has been published in the areas of Economics and Holocaust education; she has made numerous presentations at national, regional, state, and local conferences. She has been honored for her teaching by such noted organizations as the National Council for the Social Studies, the Virginia Council for the Social Studies, The National and Virginia Societies of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the National and Virginia Councils on Economic Education.

India served as Chair of the NCSS Secondary TOY Committee for eight years as well as a term on the NCSS Board of Directors where her colleagues elected her to the Board’s Executive Committee. Additionally, she served two terms as the Chair of the National Advisory Board for the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. Outside of NCSS, India has served on the National Advisory Council for the Praxis Social Studies Test, the Virginia Department of Education’s History End-Of-Course Bias Review Committee, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Council for the Social Studies. As vice-president, India is served as the Co-Chair for the 2016 NCSS National Convention held in Washington, D.C., December 2-4, 2016.


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