Lee Ann Potter
As the Head of Education and Volunteer Programs for the National Archives, my job is to help connect U.S. teachers and students with the historical documents that define our national experience. Working with educators across the United States, I develop lesson plans, curriculum units, and teaching activities that enable students to study historical documents first-hand as a complement to the learning they obtain from secondary sources. Many of these resources are available on-line through the National Archives' Digital Classroom.
In addition, I:
- prepare and conduct workshops on how to use primary sources in the classroom,
- research and write articles for publication,
- and consult with educators and other professionals from across the U.S. and around the world.
Most recently, I have had the privilege of meeting with educators from Iraq who were interested in U.S. democracy and the history of our Constitution.
Prior to joining the National Archives in 1996, I was a high school U.S. History and World Geography teacher and a member of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). I became interested in the National Archives because of the "Teaching with Documents" articles that appeared in Social Education, the NCSS journal. When I discovered that the authors of those articles were National Archives employees, I knew that the National Archives would be a great place for me to make a difference in the fields of history and education.