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Mudge Teacher Fellowship

In honor of the 4ooth anniversary of the founding of Plymouth Colony, the 2018-2019 Mudge Teacher Fellowship is open to scholars and independent researchers, in addition to Boston-area public, parochial, and independent school teachers and librarians in order to research the collections of the Boston Athenӕum to discover materials supporting the study of Native American materials. Two fellows will be chosen: a scholar and a teacher who will work together. The selected scholar will discover the sources in the Athenæum’s holdings relevant to the history of Native Americans and be expected to share a list. The selected teacher will be expected to produce a unit on the study of Native Americans for use in classrooms that meets state and federal curriculum frameworks and standards. Both will be offered the opportunity to speak to the Athenӕum community. The fellowship carries a stipend of $1,500 for a residency of at least twenty days (four weeks) and includes a year’s membership to the Boston Athenæum.

Applicants should use this online formto be considered for the Athenæum's Mudge Teacher Fellowship. Applications are due by April 15. Candidates will be notified by June 15.

Past Recipients of the Mudge Teacher Fellowship


  • William Miskinis, History and Social Science teacher, Littleton High School (Littleton, MA), "Digital History, the Civil War and Historical Thinking"
  • Peter Sipe, Sixth Grade Reading Teacher and Lower School Librarian, Boston Collegiate Charter School, "The Passed Made Present: Celebrating Boston's Unsung Heroes"


  • Paula Elliott, Ed.D., independent scholar, "The historic sociopolitical, culture contexts surrounding, influencing the experiences of African American teachers and students"
  • Benadette Manning, M.Ed., Fenway High School, "What is obviously wrong with the Common Core Standards?" 


  • Crystal Haynes, new teacher developer, Boston Public Schools, “Study the history of Boston Public Schools”
  • Kim Parker, teacher, Newton North High School, “Create and publish a handbook for teaching literature in middle and high school classrooms”


  • Karen Crounse, teacher, Codman Academy Charter School, “Using Astronomy for Expeditionary Learning in High School Math”
  • Deanna Gallagher, teacher, Newman School of Boston, “Using Historic New England Maps to Teach Argumentative Writing”


Jan Voogd, librarian, Provincetown Public Library, Provincetown Abolition Society, the Abolitionist Movement, and the Methodist Episcopal Church”


Tia Esposito, Director of Library, Boston College High School, “Nativism in Boston;"


Craig J. Perrier, history teacher, Billerica Memorial High School, “American Paradox: War, Dissent and Nationalism at the Hartford Convention.”


Steven Berbeco, a teacher at Charlestown High School, who plans to develop and publish a social studies curriculum unit on Gypsy (Roma) language and culture


Barbara E. Ryan, English teacher at Fontbonne Academy in Milton, MA, for developing a curriculum around Lord Byron and British Romantic Literature.


Tammarrah A. Lee (Trotter Elementary School), to study the history of Boston's African American community in the nineteenth century and its quest for justice and equality.