Lindsey Charron has taught U.S. history at the middle school level for the past eighteen years. She currently teaches U.S. history at Ensign Intermediate School in Newport Beach, CA, where she has also served as the activity director. Lindsey was selected as a James Madison Fellow in 2013 and has two master's degrees in educational technology and history. She is very passionate about teaching with primary sources and utilizing technology in the class and has presented at the National Council for Social Studies and California Council for Social Studies multiple times. Proud to be an an alumnus of the George Washington Teacher Institute and a Monticello Barringer Fellow, she has also attended many Gilder Lehrman and NEH seminars. Additional roles Lindsey serves in are as a National Oratory Fellow with Ford’s Theatre and Master Teacher with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. In addition, Lindsey was the CCSS 2020 Middle School Teacher of the Year and the 2021 Gilder Lehrman Teacher of the Year for the state of California.
With our current climate and context, there has never been a time to press for more of an emphasis to be placed on the significance of history and civics. We need to empower our students to become active citizens. History matters, and if I am elected to serve for another year as the region 9 representative for the California Council for Social Studies, I will work to help support and advocate for my fellow teachers in the region 9 area. Working together, we are stronger and can create a louder voice to bring equity, civics, and critical thinking to the forefront.
After serving for a year, I have a better understanding of how to advocate more for teachers on the board. I would like to make sure that we are providing teachers not only with curriculum and resources to use within the classroom, but I would also like to support them with information that they can utilize for discussions within their own districts. I want our members, and social studies teachers across the state, to know that CCSS is an organization that they can turn to for help and support in making sure that we are always doing what is best for all of our students within the classroom.
Fortunate is a word that does not entirely encompass the way I feel about the opportunities I have been given over the past ten years in regards to studying history and professional development, but that is how I feel. It would be an honor to serve the social studies educators in region 9 for another year and to give back to a community which has enriched my life so much.