FSC Center for Florida
LAKELAND, Fla. (Jan. 6,
2003) - Florida Southern College's Center for Florida History is
pleased to announce that Scott Fields of Southwest Middle School
will become its first "teacher-in-residence." Fields comes to the
Center for Florida History as part of a three-year $900,000 U.S.
Department of Education Teaching American History grant to be administered
through the Polk County Public Schools. Rozanne (Rozy) Scott of
George Jenkins High School has been appointed grant manager.
In partnership with the PCPS, the Lakeland Ledger, Miles College,
the Polk County Historical Association, the Polk County Education
Foundation, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and other
co-partners, the Center for Florida History will launch "Teaching
American History with a Florida Flavor." The program is designed
to enhance teachers' knowledge of U.S. history and improve history-teaching
skills. Fields will develop curriculum from oral histories, newspapers,
websites, and other resources to enrich the teaching and learning
of American history.
Scott will administer the program, facilitate curriculum development,
and form a connective link to the Polk County teachers and the resources
made available by the grant partners. She will also coordinate the
Summer Immersion Seminar for Polk County social studies teachers
that will include visits to sites that link Florida and U. S. History.
Fields, a native of Lakeland, earned his bachelor's degree in history
from the University of Florida in 1994. Returning to Lakeland soon
thereafter, he taught at North Lakeland Elementary and in 2000 joined
the faculty of Southwest Middle School. While at Southwest he served
as social studies department chairperson. Fields also managed in-service
training for other social studies teachers in Polk County, working
in partnership with "History Alive!" An avid golfer, Fields also
enjoys reading and traveling. He is married to Deanna DeSilvestro,
a teacher at McKeel Academy, and they have one child, Ethan.
Scott has taught honors and advanced placement American history
courses at George Jenkins High School since 1993. A native Floridian
and Florida Southern College graduate, she has also done graduate
work in economics at the University of North Carolina as an R. J.
Reynolds fellow. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she
has served on the Polk County district curriculum development committee
for American history, and in 1999 she was the Polk County high school
social studies teacher of the year. The same year she was inducted
into the Florida League of Teachers. Scott's husband, Sam, directs
the Criminal Justice Academy at Kathleen High School.
For further information, contact James M. Denham, director, Center
for Florida History at (863) 680-4312 or click on www.flsouthern.edu/flhistory
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.