Demaree Peck

PMHS's Demaree Peck Wins National Teaching Prize

Parry McCluer High School English and AP Literature teacher (as well as Academic Team coach) Demaree Peck recently won first place in the 2011 TEAMS national teaching prize for K-12 teachers.

TEAMS (The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages) gave the award for an original lesson plan dealing with a topic in medieval studies. The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in designing and teaching lessons in medieval studies, including but not limited to such areas as history, literature, and art history in K-12 schools.

Peck won the award for her lesson plan, "Beowulf: A Mead Hall Celebration," according to which students took turns playing the role of the Scop, or minstrel, who told the Anglo-Saxon tale to the warriors around the hearth, while accompanying himself on a harp.

The formal presentation of the award of $1,000 will take place on May 10-13, 2012 at the 45th meeting of the International Congress on Medieval Studies, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. At the conference, she will deliver her essay at a session on "Teaching Beowulf in the High School Classroom." Her essay will then be published in the online journal, The Once and Future Classroom.

"I am thrilled to receive this award," Peck told the Rockbridge Weekly. "So much of what we teachers do in the classroom is invisible to the outside world, and so it is nice to be recognized for our creative efforts. The students at Parry McCluer High School are wonderful, and have made my job there a lot of fun. The credit for this teaching award really goes to them."

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