May 3, 2010
Scranton, Pa. - Steamtown National Historic Site proudly announces the Park has been selected as one of eight National Park sites in the Northeast U.S. to participate in the National Park Service “Teacher-Ranger-Teacher” Program for 2010.
The National Park Service strives to provide opportunities for all Americans to connect to their national heritage through the national parks. However, these opportunities are lacking for some - often due to a variety of social and economic factors. The “Teacher-Ranger-Teacher” Program offers a solution by linking National Park units with teachers from predominantly Title I (at least 30% of students on free or reduced cost meals) school districts, and Steamtown NHS and the Scranton School District are partnering to present this opportunity in the district.
John Marshall Elementary third grade teacher Ann Kisthart has accepted the position and will collaborate with park staff, spending an eight-week period this summer working as a uniformed Park Ranger. Mrs. Kisthart will perform various duties including developing programs for the general public, staffing the visitor center desk, developing curriculum-based materials for the park or taking on special projects. She will then integrate newly acquired knowledge into the classroom throughout 2010 and into 2011. In April 2011, Mrs. Kisthart will wear her NPS uniform to school during National Park Week and she will discuss her summer as a Park Ranger and engage students and other teachers in activities that relate to America’s national parks.
The “Teacher-Ranger-Teacher” Program is made possible through an agreement between the Scranton School District and the National Park Service. The “Teacher-Ranger-Teacher” Program began in Colorado in 2003, and in 2007 became a nationwide program. During the summer of 2008, parks had over 90 Teacher Rangers in uniform learning about their national heritage and serving National Park Service visitors.