Teacher-Rangers help connect Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and other national parks to schools. Under an agreement between the National Park Service and an area school district, Teacher-Rangers work at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site during the summer. In return they get experience preserving nationally important public lands and inspiration for innovative ideas in the classroom.
Lynette Cummings has been teaching science for 25 years, including the last 17 years at West Branch High School in Herbert Hoover's Iowa hometown. Mrs. Cummings teaches chemistry, physics, physical science, and advanced placement chemistry. She and her students test the water in Hoover Creek as part of a science project involving chemistry, ecology, and advanced biology, while collecting data for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. In the summers, Mrs. Cummings works as a ranger at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site finding creative ways for the West Branch schools to use the park as a resource for learning projects.
Daniel Stevenson teaches 8th grade U.S. history in nearby West Liberty, about 10 miles from West Branch. As part of his summer ranger duties, Mr. Stevenson revised and updated Herbert Hoover: From Iowa to the World (PDF file), a curriculum guide for middle school students.
Among her summer ranger duties as a park ranger Kristen Bergren created the HEHO! Activity Worksheets for Educators and Students (PDF file), a package of pre-visit and post-visit activities for classes planning field trips to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. As a third-grade teacher in the Moline, Illinois school district she also wrote National Park Fair: Kids Teaching Kids about our National Parks (PDF file), a guide for inspiring students and their families to discover America's best idea: our national parks.
Did You Know?
Herbert Hoover was the first person born west of the Mississippi River to become president. Seven other presidents were born west of the river. More...