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Leslie Sullivan Named 2021 Lowell Milken Center Fellow

June 8, 2021

FORT SCOTT, KS — The Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas, an international educational non-profit, has awarded its prestigious Fellowship to history teacher Leslie Sullivan, of Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston, South Carolina. Leslie Sullivan will arrive in Fort Scott on June 27th for a week of collaboration with LMC staff. 

The LMC Fellowship is awarded on the basis of merit to educators who have distinguished themselves in teaching respect and understanding through project-based learning or who have the potential for this distinction. The Center selects exemplary teachers from across America and around the world, drawn from a variety of disciplines, to collaborate on projects that discover, develop, and communicate the stories of Unsung Heroes in history. 

Leslie Sullivan has taught for 10 years at Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston, SC, a public charter school that provides gifted and talented instruction through a rigorous and innovative curriculum. Leslie and her team in the Social Science department have worked collaboratively to develop a curriculum that encourages students to make deep connections to history and the world around them, while inspiring them to find their own voices in their community. She often includes guest speakers in her Government classes to give a variety of perspectives and couples those experiences with debate, simulations, and project-based learning. Additionally, Leslie encourages leadership and deep research as an advisor for High School House Council, National History Day, Senior Capstone, and Model UN. 

Leslie was Palmetto Scholars Academy's 2014 Teacher of the Year. She has used her expertise in Gifted and Talented education to mentor and train teachers. Working through the South Carolina Consortium for Gifted and NAGC as a presenter, Leslie shared ways to increase engagement and facilitate discussions in the classroom. She was awarded the Milken Educator Award in 2019 and was the state winner of the Outstanding Teacher of American History award through the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2020. Outside of school, Leslie organized and facilitated a Social Justice Summer Book Club for PSA's students, faculty, and alumni and has enjoyed supporting students by attending sporting events, school competitions, and other events. She is a strong believer in finding ways to grow as an educator, taking advantage of summer teacher training opportunities at Gilder Lehrman Summer Institutes, The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program, and road trips. 

LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, "Our Milken Educators make wonderful Lowell Milken Center Fellows. Leslie has achieved at such a high level as an educator. We look forward to using her skills in collaboration with our team." 

While in Fort Scott, LMC Fellows gain knowledge, educational resources and ongoing support to enhance their classrooms and help students cultivate a passion for learning by creating projects that initiate positive change. Fellows emerge prepared to develop Unsung Heroes projects with their students, as they apply and evaluate the stories of role models who have changed the world throughout history. 

To schedule interviews or for more information, please contact: 

Norm Conard
Executive Director
Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes
1 South Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Phone: (620) 223-1312  

2021 Lowell Milken Center Fellow  
Name: Leslie Sullivan
Subject: High School History/Social Studies
School: Palmetto Scholars Academy             
7499 Dorchester Rd.
North Charleston, SC 29418               
Phone: (843) 300-4118
Cell: (843) 991-7877