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Teachers of Government 2013

Teachers of Government 2013
July 20 - 26, 2013

Eight high school and middle school teachers of government from South Carolina arrived at Furman University on July 20th to participate in the Twelfth Annual Summer Institute for Teachers of Government sponsored by the Riley Institute at Furman. Participants spent a week in Washington D.C. where they met with government officials, politicians, non-governmental activists and members of education policy-making agencies. 

Schedule of Activities while in Washington, DC.

The Teachers of Government appeared on MSNBC The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd.  To view the video, click on the video below.


Dr. Elizabeth Smith, a Furman professor of political science, led the participants through Washington, D.C. and engaged the group in evening discussions and seminars on relevant readings and political topics. The combination of intensive learning, networking and exposure to decision makers is designed to increase the knowledge and expand useful contacts of teachers which both support improved teaching skills.  

The 2013 Teachers of Government participants:

Kathleen Beck, Mauldin Middle School, Simpsonville, SC
Sonja Bryant. Berea High School, Greenville, SC
Melissa Buckner, Myrtle Beach High School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Melanie Carmichael, Christ Church Episcopal School, Greenville, SC
Iesha Jefferson, Heyward Gibbes Middle School, Columbia, SC
Brad Johnson, Silver Bluff High School, Aiken, SC
Jeff Parks, Woodruff High School, Woodruff, SC
Lynn Rennebaum, Chapin Middle School, Chapin, SC