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The Library of Congress for Teachers: “Layer Upon Layer of Awesome”

Explore what the Library of Congress has for teachers, including primary source sets and lesson plans for teaching with primary sources, and professional development opportunities. Take a quick tour of ways to connect with experts from the Library and tap into the Library’s vast collections to find even more resources for your classroom. Find out why one Summer Institute participant described the Library as having “layer upon layer of awesome.”


Cheryl Lederle, Educational Resources Specialist, Library of Congress.
Taking on this role in December 2003, Cheryl has she has advanced the Library's educational mission by providing professional development, both in person and via webinar. She has also played a significant role in shaping the Library's online repository of classroom materials and resources for teachers,, and continues to contribute to the development of those materials. She has over fifteen years' experience teaching English at both the high school and community college levels.

Matthew Poth, 2017-2018 Teacher in Residence, Library of Congress.
A National Board Certified teacher with 6 years of experience teaching Social Science at Park View High School in Sterling, Virginia, Matt has written on education topics for Social Education and the Library of Congress teacher’s blog. Additionally, he has presented at NCSS, AHA, and several teacher workshops. He earned a B.S. in Secondary Education and a B.A. in History from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.S.E.D in Educational Administration from Shenandoah University.