Local Teachers Receive Robert H. Jackson Center Fellowship

The Robert H. Jackson Center recently awarded the Robert H. Jackson Center Fellowship to four Western New York educators.

Commencing their collaboration with the center on Monday are Junie Eimiller, Southwestern High School; James Gang, Hamburg High School; Lynn Kristen Kutschke, Pine Valley High School, and Dr. Timothy Redmond, Williamsville East High School.

The Robert H. Jackson Center Fellowship was created to expand the knowledge and legacy of Justice Robert H. Jackson into classrooms around the region, country and world. The fellowship recognizes and rewards those educators who have distinguished themselves in teaching the concept of justice in creative and inspiring ways through project-based learning or who have the potential for this distinction.

In keeping with the center’s core educational mission, teachers from a variety of disciplines were selected with the goal of creating lesson plans that may be interpreted and adapted to fit several different grade levels and subject areas.

In her present position as a 12th grade English teacher, Junie Eimiller emphasizes the study of literature, history and rhetoric to broaden student understanding of human rights and Supreme Court issues. She uses her creativity, time and energy to entice, excite and invite students to learn, and is committed to preparing students for their future. Ms. Eimiller possesses a clear passion to pursue excellence in education. As a colleague related, “I think perhaps Junie’s best attribute is her ability to motivate people to achieve common goals and think outside of the traditional box.”

As a high school global history and geography teacher, James Gang promotes his students’ awareness of what is happening around them in the larger global scheme by creating opportunities for them to engage in human rights issues. He inspires and engages his students, and is dedicated to developing life-long learners with intrinsic motivation. Mr. Gang consistently displays a desire to make his lessons more engaging, more creative, and more informative for his students. A colleague observed that, “There is seldom a morning that Jim is not diligently working to improve that day’s lesson. The amount of difficult content that he is able to teach his students is amazing.”

Special education teacher Lynn Kutschke teaches multiple subjects at the Regents level to high school students in a self-contained classroom. Her students respond positively to her teaching style, which consists of differentiated instruction and real-world learning. She utilizes a multi-sensory approach, integrating technology into her lesson plans through the use of iPads, laptop computers, PowerPoint presentations, websites and blogs. Students are engaged in learning activities that cover current events topics on a wide range of human rights issues, as well as local, state and federal government issues. Students leave her classroom with the knowledge that enables them to form their own opinions on critical issues and become a contributing member of society. “Lynn has literally worked miracles with our students,” stated a colleague.

Dr. Timothy Redmond teaches high school U.S. and global history, as well as a variety of courses that focus primarily on government and human rights issues. He is also an adjunct professor at Daemen College. In the classroom, Dr. Redmond actively engages his students by helping them connect with individuals and issues that are seemingly beyond their reach and brings them to the forefront of their consciousness. He is best known for the high level of positive energy that he uses to teach, inspire, and motivate other educators and students to become active, involved citizens. According to a colleague, Dr. Redmond is a teacher that “challenges students academically while simultaneously instilling a passion for understanding and protecting human rights.”

As Robert H. Jackson Teacher Fellows, the educators will work closely with the Jackson Center’s education directors and archivist to develop new teaching materials using the center’s primary resources. They will have the opportunity to share their knowledge and best practices with other educators by demonstrating these materials at workshops and training sessions throughout the region.

The Robert H. Jackson Teacher Fellowship program was generously underwritten by grants from the Isabelle C. Erickson Community Service Fund and the Emil M. and Gertrude E. Johnson Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the Holmberg Foundation and Clayton Sweeney.

For more information, or to schedule a tour of the center outside of regular business hours, email info@roberthjackson.org or contact the Robert H. Jackson Center at 483-6646.