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HIEBERT AWARDED NEXT HAMMER CHAIR

Historical newspapers, hand-drawn city surveys, 19th-century Boston guidebooks — perusing these primary sources from a major American library’s restricted stacks is a historian’s dream. This summer, CA history teacher Kim Frederick was awarded one of two Carolyn A. Lynch Teacher Fellowships, which provide access to the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library and financial support. The object is for K-12 teachers to use the collection and online map sets to develop curricular units for broad distribution. Frederick’s research will also benefit her Concord Academy course in American urban history in the spring. While focusing on the antebellum period, students will study the cities of Lowell, Mass., New Orleans, and Chicago as well as the railroads that linked them. They’ll gain experience with mapmaking and presenting historical data. “We are now inundated with slick infographics and maps, and it’s really easy to lie with them,” Frederick says. “Part of what I’m working on in this class is image literacy, getting students to understand the narratives behind the images and how choices made in representing data visually affect what story is being told.” The class will also learn about an immigration history site in East Boston, once a major receiving port that turned back immigrants who arrived ill, which was not preserved. “It’s interesting which stories are being told,” Frederick says, “and which aren’t.”

The Katherine Carton Hammer ’68 Endowed Faculty Chair changed hands this fall when the CA community celebrated the work of filmmaker and CA film teacher Justin Bull, who held the chair from 2015 through 2018, and introduced the next recipient, English teacher Nick Hiebert. Named in honor of alumna and former Board of Trustees President Katherine Carton Hammer, the award recognizes and supports the distinguished work of a midcareer faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding talent in the classroom and inspired educational vision. Established in perpetuity, endowed funds such as the Hammer Chair make a critical difference to Concord Academy and its faculty. “The funding has been a tremendous resource that I’ve used to think about collaboration, not just as a concept that I’m teaching students, but as a practice with colleagues across departments,” says Bull. Hiebert plans to use the funds and time provided over the next three years to improve his inclusive teaching practices, especially his teaching of writing and the role his own white racial identity plays in the classroom. “It feels like a great gift to be able to slow down,” Hiebert says, “to reflect and think a bit more deeply about how to improve this work I care so much about.” Visit www.concordacademy.org/hammerchair2018 to learn about the Hammer Chair and both recipients.

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History teacher Kim Frederick says she doesn’t, as a rule, take selfies. She was so excited to get her staff access card to the Boston Public Library that she snapped one anyway.

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C O N C O R D ACA D E M Y M AGA Z I N E

CA welcomed 16 new faculty and staff members to campus this fall. Left to right: Emma Storbeck, history teacher; Sally Johnston ’90, library assistant; Shaïnah Faustin Laforest, advancement assistant; Elizabeth Crowley, Annual Fund manager; Karina Early, nurse; Meredith Walsh, parent program officer; Jillian O’Connell, college counseling assistant; Karilyn Sheldon, Latin teacher; Destiny Polk, Wilcox Fellow in dance; Kiley Remiszewski, science teacher; Alyse Ruiz (front), director of student life; Will Tucker, science teacher; Renee Coburn, student life assistant; Tai Oney, choral director; and James Willison, performing arts technical director. Not pictured: Leah Cabrera, Wilcox Fellow in mathematics. Read about them at www.concordacademy.org/facstaff2018

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