The Albert H. Small Normandy Institute has selected Ms. Kizmet Chandler, a teacher at Nitro High School Teacher, as the Co-Head Teacher for the 2020 and 2021 Normandy Institutes. Chandler, the 2018 Gilder Lehrman West Virginia History Teacher of the Year, participated in the 2019 Normandy Institute with her student, Senior Emily Rinick. Ms. Chandler and Ms. Rinick were the first student-teacher team to have been selected to represent the state of West Virginia.
Ms. Chandler was selected from the teachers that participated in the 2019 Normandy Institute for her ability to work with teachers from all over the United States, as well as her ability to perform in various situations. Ms. Chandler will work with the co-head teacher to guide the 2020 Normandy Institute group and will help to select the co-head’s replacement for 2021.
The Albert H. Small Normandy Institute is an intensive program to learn about the D-Day Campaign of 1944 and the sacrifices made by young Americans to defeat tyranny and concentrates on the idea that Freedom is not Free. Institute members will travel to the campus of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., for a series of lectures and activities to deepen their understanding of elements of conflict. While they are learning about the Campaign, the student-teacher pairs will pick a veteran from their state that is buried at the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach to research, write a biography, and eventually eulogize. Finally, the students and teachers will participate in a “staff ride” (participatory educational tour) of many of the sites that played a role in the Normandy Campaign in France.
Ms. Chandler has recently entered into a new role at Nitro High School, as she is the new Career and Work Skills Training Coordinator, but she previously taught AP Government, Civics and United States Studies.
The Albert H. Small Normandy Institute is made possible through the generous contributions of Mr. Albert H. Small.