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GHS teacher selected as Summer Scholar

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Ricardo A. Valenzuela, a local teacher from Goddard High School, has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 20 seminars and institutes supported by the NEH.

NEH is a federal agency that, each summer, supports enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions, so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Valenzuela will participate in a Summer Institute named ‘Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: Borderlands Narratives about Identity and Binationalism.’ Including Valenzuela, the 25 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $2,100 to cover their travel, study and living expenses.

The two-week program will be held July 14-28 at The University of Texas at El Paso and directed by Dr. Ignacio Martínez, UTEP Department of History; and Dr. R. Joseph Rodríguez, California State University, Fresno.

It is estimated that roughly 462 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs will teach almost 68,000 American students the following academic year after the program.