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Mary Huffman

Position: Fifth Grade ELA/Social Studies Teacher
School: Carolina Park Elementary School
School District: Charleston County School District
City, State: Mount Pleasant, SC

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Mary Huffman was nominated by her colleague, Dimitrios Matsoukas.

"I had the opportunity to work with Mary at two teacher's conferences for the Korean War Legacy Foundation in Charleston, SC and in Athens, Greece," said Matsoukas. "I have not met such an energetic person in my life. As we say in Greece, she was the 'soul' of both conferences."

In 2015, Ms. Huffman earned the National History Teacher of the Year Award from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. She shares her passion for teaching through professional development as a Master Teacher Fellow for the Gilder Lehrman Institute, as a senior Fellow for the Korean War Legacy Foundation, and a 2019 Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Fellow. In all of her presentations, she reminds participants that history is a living, breathing entity that should always be taught through primary/secondary sources, simulations, community service projects, and project-based learning.

"I am very proud to know this brilliant teacher and human being," said Matsoukas.