Middle and Upper School history teacher Cherie Redelings was selected to participate in the professional development program Memorializing the Fallen: Honoring those Who Served, led by National History Day, the National Cemetery Administration, and the American Battle Monuments Commission.
Cherie was selected as one of 18 educators from across the country to write new curriculum that will invigorate the teaching of World War I and the Korean War, as the country recognizes the centennial and 65th anniversary of the two wars, respectively. Cherie’s work will focus specifically on WWI.
The goal of this nine-month, immersive professional development program is for teachers to gain valuable knowledge about fallen heroes and veterans in order to write lesson activities for students, teachers, and organizations to use.
The program takes a local approach, connecting the lesson activity to a cemetery in the teachers’ regions, as well as calling on teachers to write profiles on local fallen heroes and veterans. As a teacher in San Diego, Cherie was chosen to write an educational activity connected to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, the federal military cemetery located in the city of San Diego.
Cherie will take on the role of student as she attends virtual lectures, participates in discussions, and travels to the former front lines to learn more about these heroic veterans and their experiences before, during, and after the war. She will travel to Belgium later this year to visit the country that was ravaged by both WWI and World War II. Cherie says she is looking forward to seeing how Belgians write their own history as a battleground of two major wars.
I love the challenge of taking something you know and breaking it down in order to teach others who don’t know.Cherie Redelings, Middle and Upper School history teacher