The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum today announced that it will honor three retiring volunteer teachers, Betty Landes, Nan Brown, and Lucille Salatin, at a Morning Tea on Wednesday, November 4, at 11:00 a.m. in the Presidential Library’s Education Parlor. The three retirees have combined for more than 60 years of teaching Virginia schoolchildren at the Presidential Library’s school programs and summer camps. In addition, two other teachers, Kitty Armstrong and Betty Clemmer, who will continue teaching, will be honored for their combined 36 years of service.
The program will include tea and refreshments, a short program on Tea in the Victorian Period given by Susan Lendermon, Assistant to the Director of Education at the Presidential Library, and a ceremony honoring the three retirees and recognizing the two other volunteer teachers.
Ellen Abernethy, WWPL Museum Educator, said “Betty Landes, Nan Brown, and Lucille Salatin have been legendary teachers at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. By teaching thousands of children about President Wilson and his times and helping make history come alive for these students, these teachers have helped this Foundation carry out its mission for more than two decades. The example they have set of selfless service in the pursuit of education captures the essence of President Wilson’s legacy.”
Mrs. Landes worked for years as an interpreter at the WWPL, while Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Salatin, Mrs. Armstrong, and Mrs. Clemmer all started work with the Presidential Library after they retired from teaching in the Virginia public school system. Mrs. Landes has worked with the WWPL for more than 25 years, Mrs. Brown for 19 years, Mrs. Salatin for 17 years, Mrs. Armstrong for 23 years, and Mrs. Clemmer for 13 years.
All of those honored have been volunteer teachers in the WWPL’s educational outreach program, through which area students visit the Presidential Library for interactive programs that meet Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) requirements.
In the “Journey Into History” program and the “Professor, President, Peacemaker” program, students engage in a guided tour of Woodrow Wilson's birthplace and group activities in the Woodrow Wilson Museum and the Presidential Library’s classroom and education parlor. The volunteer teachers have also helped with the WWPL’s summer “Journey Into History” camp, at which children participate in a three-day interactive history camp with a different theme each summer.
For more information about the Morning Tea or the Presidential Library’s education programming, contact Ellen Abernethy, Museum Educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (540) 885-0897, ext. 110.