Two Melissa teachers have been selected to participate in a summer teacher institute sponsored by Humanities Texas and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

Stacy Hricko and Rory Payne, both of whom teach english at Melissa High School, will attend "America at War in the Twentieth Century" on the UTSA campus in June.

The institute offers teachers the opportunity to work closely with leading scholars, studying American participation in World Wars I and II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam.

Fifty Texas classroom teachers will participate in the institute. Each morning, participants will attend dynamic lectures and presentations. In the afternoons, they will join faculty in small workshops to examine primary sources such as historic letters, maps and photographs.

The San Antonio institute faculty includes Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy of Stanford University, Arnold Krammer of Texas A&M University, Patrick J. Kelly of The University of Texas at San Antonio and Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez and Jeremi Suri of The University of Texas at Austin.

Stacy Fuller, director of education at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, will guide teachers in using art to teach U.S. history.

"Humanities Texas is pleased to include two exceptional teachers from Melissa in this educational endeavor," said Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. "Bringing teachers together to learn from leading scholars and from each other is an effective way to enable Texas students to receive the best possible educational opportunities."

"Humanities Texas appreciates the opportunity to partner with President Ricardo Romo and UTSA’s fine faculty and staff," Gillette continued.

"America at War in the Twentieth Century" is made possible with funding from the State of Texas as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities We the People initiative.

The San Antonio program is one of four Humanities Texas teacher institutes taking place in June at major universities across Texas. Other host universities include The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Houston.

Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, sponsors programs promoting heritage, culture and education throughout the state.

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