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.
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 www.socialstudies.org/getinvolved/board.