Paula Keltner, a teacher at Bernard Campbell Middle School, was recently one of 13 Missouri educators selected to attend a four-day institute at Mount Vernon, Va.
Keltner was the only teacher from the Kansas City area chosen for the opportunity, which was made possible through the generosity of the Shatz family.
The Shatz family donated funding to provide Missouri teachers with the opportunity to fully investigate and experience the life of George Washington, as they believe he is the founding father of our great nation.
As part of the institute, Keltner stayed in quarters at Mount Vernon and had total access to the estate. During her time in Virginia, she heard from leading history and education experts, viewed primary artifacts such as the books located in the vault and participated in exclusive tours.
To apply for the program, Keltner provided her resume, completed an inventory of George Washington knowledge and experience, submitted a letter of support from her school’s principal, and completed an application and a 350-word essay.