This week I had the honor to speak with award-winning Social Studies teacher, Kelsie Eckert. Kelsie is the Department Head at Moultonborough Academy, the President-Elect of the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies (NHCCS), a member of the Manchester NAACP, and the founder of The Remedial Herstory Project, and host of the organization’s podcast Remedial Herstory: The Other 50%.
Kelsie was born and raised in South Sutton, New Hampshire, and left for a few years and lived in Illinois, Colorado, Michigan, and Massachusetts. When I asked her why she came back to New Hampshire she said,
For a million reasons, foremost is the fact that everything is world-class within an hour of wherever you are. You can be in the snow on Mount Washington in the morning and swimming in the ocean in time for sunset. I grew up here, left, and came back. I live thirty minutes from a dozen ski resorts, I can Nordic ski out my backyard, be at a beach in minutes, and basically walk to any store I need.”
When Kelsie has free time you can find her at Cafe Monte Alto inside Chase Street Market in Plymouth, hiking the Franconia Ridgeline, competing in triathlons with her club, the Granite State Endurance Project, biking up Kearsarge Mountain, exploring local swimming holes, or spending time with her friends and family.
Five facts about Kelsie:
- Kelsie has been honored with the The Gilder Lehrman New Hampshire National History Teacher of the Year Award, Plymouth State University’s Outstanding Graduate Alumni in 2016, a National History Day in New Hampshire Teacher of the Year, and a Normandy Scholar with the Albert H. Small Normandy Institute.
- Kelsie started the podcast Remedial Herstory: The Other 50% with her friend Brooke Sullivan. It’s an organization that aims to address the inadequacy of public history standards in teaching women’s history in the k-12 curriculum by creating lesson plans, raising awareness of educational materials and films, consulting, and engaging with listeners through a podcast.
- As President-Elect of the NHCSS, she helps with their mission of developing an active and informed citizenry by strengthening and supporting social studies education in New Hampshire through all parts of the social studies – civics, economics, geography, history, sociology, psychology, archaeology, anthropology, and law.
- Kelsie supports and volunteers with the NAACP whose mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
- Kelsie loves donating to the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
When I asked Kelsie what advice she had for young professionals wanting to get involved she said:
Everyone has a gift and something wonderful to bring to the table. The way I wanted to contribute to our state didn’t exist…so I built it from the ground up. You never know the impact you will have until you just start.”
“Every next level of your life will demand a different version of you.” –Lisa Messenger
There are so many wonderful people and agencies making a difference in our own backyards!