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Wesley Hedgepeth Named 2019 Lowell Milken Center Fellow

June 1, 2019

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 secondary social studies teacher, Wesley Hedgepeth, of Collegiate School in Richmond, VA. Wesley will arrive in Fort Scott on June 23rd 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 Europe, drawn from a variety of disciplines, to collaborate on projects that discover, develop, and communicate the stories of Unsung Heroes in history.

Wesley lives and breathes the social studies! Throughout his decade-long career in education, he has taught multiple social studies courses from grades 7-12, at all ability levels, in both public and private institutions. He currently teaches World History at The Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia and will add Advanced Placement Comparative Government and Politics next year. In addition to teaching, Wesley co-coordinates his school's Model United Nations Program, preparing students for multiple conferences each year. He also serves as a member of both his School’s Traditions Committee and Physical Wellness Committee.

Wesley currently serves on the NCSS Board of Directors, the VCSS Executive Board as Past-President, and as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Patrick Henry School for Arts and Sciences in Richmond, VA. From 2014-2017, Wesley served as President of the Virginia Council for Social Studies (VCSS). During his tenure he co-chaired the 2016 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Local Arrangements Committee for the Washington, D.C. conference and twice co-chaired the Virginia Conference for Social Studies Educators. He regularly lobbies elected officials for social studies education, works on political campaigns supporting social studies advocates, presents at both statewide and national conferences, and consults for various social studies organizations.

LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, "Wesley makes history come alive for his students and encourages their real-life involvement in government by the opportunities he provides. His combined passion for social studies and compassion for his students make Wesley an important contributing member of our team of Fellows."

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

2019 Lowell Milken Center Fellow
Name: Wesley Hedgepeth
School: The Collegiate School
Subject: World History, AP Comparative Government & Politics
103 North Mooreland Road
Richmond, VA 23229
Cell Phone: (804) 681-4712