Southern Appalachian Studies Series
Speaker Robin Goddard on Mountain Education
Monday, August 29, 7 p.m., Library’s Sharon Lawson Room
Robin Goddard, “historical teacher” at Little Greenbrier School in Wear’s Valley, will discuss the history and evolution of early education in the Appalachian Mountains, and explain why it was different than education in urban and other areas of the state and country.
Goddard’s presentation is part of the Blount County Public Library’s Southern Appalachian Studies Series, which includes both speakers and educational programs.
Goddard is an interpreter, teacher, storyteller, and trainer who has developed material for curriculum-based programs, taught outdoor classes, assisted scientists with collecting data, developed first-person historical programs and served as a formal Great Smoky Mountains Ambassador through outreach programs in the community. Goddard, in her 26th year as the Interpreter at Little Greenbrier School, serves as the “schoolmarm” (teacher) and teaches Junior Ranger programs.
She was a 75th Ambassador for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Service (GSMNPS) and currently serves as a 2016 NPS Centennial Ambassador. Some of Goddard’s many honors and accomplishments include receiving the President’s Highest Volunteer Call to Service Award, Tennessee Environmental Teacher of the Year, and VIP (Volunteer in Park) for the National Park Service.
Open to the public, this program is sponsored by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For more information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.