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2019 NCSS Election Results: Anton Schulzki Elected Vice-President

Anton Schulzki, a social studies teacher at General William J. Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been elected vice-president of NCSS and is in line to become president in July 2021. Schulzki has been a teacher with District 11 in Colorado Springs since 1983, and has served as department chair, as well as on numerous committees at the district, state and the national levels. Schulzki has been active in NCSS since 2001 as a conference presenter, a House of Delegates representative from the Canada Community, and House of Delegates’ Steering Committee member and 2010 Steering Committee chair. Schulzki served on the NCSS Board of Directors in 2010 in his role as steering committee chair, and served 2013-2016 as an elected board member. He was been active in the growth and development of the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, and was a member of the committee that drafted the constitution for the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society as well as chair of the Rho Kappa Advisory Committee. Schulzki recently completed a term as president of the Colorado Council for the Social Studies.  

Schulzki describes himself as an ally for students, and has been honored for his work with LGBTIQ students. He believes that among the most challenging issues confronting social studies educators is creating and expanding relationships, and looks to expand conversations across disciplines, across levels, with parents, the public and politicians. 

Complete Results

NCSS membership also elected the following candidates to three-year terms on the NCSS Board of Directors:

  • Rebecca Valbuena, a K-5 TOSA/Academic Coach at Glendora Unified School District, Glendora, California (Elementary Classroom Teacher Category);
  • Georgette Hackman, social studies teacher and department chair at Cocalico Middle School, Denver, Pennsylvania (Secondary Classroom Teacher Category);
  • Annie Whitlock, associate professor of elementary education at the University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, Michigan (At-Large); and
  • June Morris,  social studies and language arts teacher at West Albany High School Albany, Oregon (K-12 Classroom Teacher At-Large).

Board and officer terms will begin July 1. Also in July 2019, President-Elect Tina Heafner, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina, will assume the office of president, and Vice-President Stefanie Wager, a social studies consultant for the Iowa Department of Education in Des Moines, Iowa, will assume the office of president-elect.

NCSS President India Meissel said, “Congratulations to our recent election winners who will assume their Board positions in the fall. You will have some big shoes to fill. The competition for these seats was especially difficult and I hope that all of the candidates from this election will consider running again.”

NCSS Executive Director Lawrence Paska said, “We are delighted to welcome our newly elected board members and continue building the future of social studies together with you in our upcoming year. We are excited by your passion for leadership at this vital moment for social studies education.”


NCSS will open nominations for candidates to serve as officers and board members in February for the election scheduled for November 2019. For more information on the nominations process for the Board of Directors, please visit