Friends of the National World War II Memorial

Annual Teachers Conference

July 2022

Creating the Next Greatest Generation of Tomorrow

Historical Resources

The conference features presentations by fellow educators and other experts in the area of WWII history, discussions with WWII veterans, a virtual tour of the WWII Memorial and a remembrance ceremony.

Participants are exposed to a broad spectrum of WWII history resources and tools aimed at educating current and future generations about the everyday men and women whose character, courage, creativity, determination, and innovation not only led to the winning of the war, but also reshaped America.

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For Educators and Academics

The virtual conference is free and open to any elementary, middle, or high school teacher or college professor at an accredited public, charter, private or parochial school.

Media specialists, librarians, curriculum coordinators and academic coaches are eligible as long as they spend at least half of their time providing direct instruction to students.

Each participant will receive a certificate for continuing education hours.

And Future Generations

At the heart of the Friends’ Teachers Conference program is the concept of community service.

Friends hopes conference participants will return to their schools and communities with the ability and desire to empower America’s young people with a heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility to renew the spirit of unity and shared purpose, which defined the character of our country during the war years.

Creating the Next Greatest Generation of Tomorrow!

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Our Presenters

Alex Kershaw

Alex Kershaw is a journalist and a New York Times bestselling author of books on World War II. Born in York, England, he is a graduate of Oxford University and lives in Savannah, Georgia. His critically-acclaimed books include The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, and Escape from the Deep.

Raymond Sun

Raymond (Ray) Sun is an associate professor of history at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, where he has worked since 1991 after getting his PhD in modern German history from the Johns Hopkins University.  He teaches courses on the world wars as well as Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and genocide.  

Josiah Bunting III

A Rhodes Scholar and a decorated Army officer, Josiah Bunting III served in Vietnam and served for eight years as superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute. He is the author of the biography Ulysses S. Grant for the American Presidents Series.

Juan Armijo

Juan Armijo is the social studies teacher at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He also teaches at the Las Cruces Public Schools Virtual Learning Academy. Juan is a graduate of New Mexico State University and Arizona State University.

Dr. Hope Myers

Dr. Hope Myers teaches Economics, Business, and Law at The Benjamin School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She is a passionate advocate for sustainable and regenerative commercial agriculture and believes in using environmental challenges to teach economic concepts and business innovation.

Shane Gower

Shane Gower teaches Social Studies at Maranacook Community High School in Readfield, ME. He is currently the President of the Maine Council for the Social Studies, a member of the iCivics Educator Network and Georgetown University's Pivotal Network.

John W. McCaskill

John W. McCaskill brings dynamic public speaking presentations in Washington, DC and across the country. A true Renaissance man, John is an educator, historian, lecturer, coach, and inspirational speaker, who inspires and captivates his audiences by teaching the principles of leadership and teamwork through history.

The Friends of the National World War II Memorial’s education programs are generously supported by the
Jack C. Taylor / Enterprise Rent-A-Car WWII Memorial Education Endowment.