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Two Shughart Middle School social studies teachers Recognized Nationally

For Immediate Release — March 22, 2018 |
Jade Fulce: Public Affairs Officer | 571-372-0604

JaquelineCates AnnitraSmith

Two social studies teachers at Shughart Middle School were recently selected to attend two competitive educational opportunities.

Jaqueline Cates was selected to participate in the Teacher Institute at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon. The George Washington Teacher Institute Residential Programs are highly competitive educational experiences which bring teachers to Mount Vernon for an intensive course of study. Participants immerse themselves in the study and discussion of important themes in American history and the remarkable role George Washington played in the founding of our nation. Ms. Cates has been with U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for 24 years. She started her career at Antilles Middle School in 1994. In 2011, she transitioned to Shughart Middle School on Fort Bragg, N.C. where she is currently teaching 6th grade social studies. Ms. Cates will be representing DoDEA at the Institute “First in Business: George Washington, Mount Vernon and the New Nation.” Upon completing the Institute Ms. Cates will plan and implement professional development for other teachers at Fort Bragg.

Annitra Smith was selected to attend the National World War II Museum Summer Teacher Institute. Ms. Smith is an 8th grade teacher of United States History at Shughart Middle School on Fort Bragg. She is an experienced educator and military spouse who became interested in World War II while based overseas. Ms. Smith’s teaching experience includes teaching students in grades 3-8. The Summer Teacher Institute is a highly competitive 16-month professional development experience focusing on the history and lessons of the WWII era. The program includes both an intensive week seminar at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans and a week excursion to Pearl Harbor. Upon completion of the two year program Ms. Smith will become part of the Museum’s nationwide network of master teachers dedicated to improving the quality of instruction on World War II. She will be providing professional development for her colleagues at DoDEA at the conclusion of the program.