A surprise announcement was made Thursday at Webster Jr. High School (WJH) when a teacher was awarded an Abraham Lincoln Fellowship from Horace Mann Educators Corporation.
“Christopher Jackson was the sole teacher from Louisiana to be recognized for this award,” WJH principal Elena Black said. “We want to celebrate with him and show him how proud we are of his achievement.”
In order to win the award, contestants must submit their resume and answer essay questions.
Contestants are judged by other educators who award 50 teachers with a fellowship to study the life and legacy of the 16th president.
“Fellows will get behind-the-scenes knowledge of the library and museum and enjoy visits to other historical sites such as New Salem, Lincoln’s home, Lincoln’s tomb, and the Old State Capitol,” said Cherie Miner of Horace Mann Educators. “Fellows will also hear from experts on Lincoln’s life and the Civil War era. Past topics have included a look at Lincoln the lawyer, Lincoln as president, political cartoons in the classroom, Civil War medical practices, and “Ghosts of the Library.”
Jackson’s fellowship will include a five-day session at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and museum as well as round trip transportation, lodging and most meals. Fellows also receive college credit.