Acree represents Yorktown at Presidential Academy
By Allison Flores
Val Acree, Yorktown High School basketball coach and U.S. History teacher, was selected to attend the first ever Center for Civic Education’s Presidential Academy at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland from July 7-20. The academy was completely free to Acree, and was funded by the U.S. Department of Education; 51 teachers and 102 students attended the academy, with Acree being the only teacher selected from Texas.
Two students from YHS were selected to attend the Congressional Academy (for students), however, they were unable to attend the two-week event. Presidential Academy attendees received high quality professional development in the content and methods of civics and history.
Acree was able to hear presentations from four speakers about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments, which all passed after the Civil War.
Acree admitted that his most memorable speaker was Susan Leeson, a former judge in the State of Oregon, and she was the 94th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court.
“She was amazing,” said Acree of the former Supreme Court Justice.
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