Educator Spotlight History is Present

Meet Jason and Shantel


This is a series where we introduce educators who work with us at the Museum and help us help other teachers. Meet Jason Rojee and Shantel Wright, members of our Teacher Advisory Council!

Jason Rojee of Medway, MA

Jason Rojee

Where and what do you teach?

I teach in a small suburb 25 miles southwest of Boston called Medway, MA. I teach both US History Part I to 9th graders and AP US History to 10th graders.

Give us your twitter-length philosophy of education.

Ownership, we need to create experiences that allow students to invest and take ownership in their education by making connections between themselves and the content.

What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of teaching social studies and the Civil War era?  

There’s a lot of myths out there about the War and its Legacy so it can be a challenge when students come with thoughts and ideas that may not be accurate, but may be rooted in what they believe about the Era.  I find teaching social studies to be fascinating because we are asking students to create their own impressions of events and to analyze history through their own eyes and seeing students develop those thoughts and to make connections to themselves is the best part.

What strategies do you use in your classroom to overcome those challenges?

Anything that transfers the lessons from teacher drive to student drive I feel helps. When students are a part of the process and as long as I am helping them by giving them access to the most current and up to date resources, each student will be allowed to create their own experiences and hopefully become invested in those experiences and lesions.

Tell us about your experience collaborating with the museum and being part of ACWM’s Teacher Advisory Council.

This whole experience has been amazing! Making connections with educators and historians who are passionate about the Civil War and Reconstruction Era has been enlightening and in what has been a long year in this pandemic has given me an uplifting experience to look forward to. Each meeting just rejuvenated me and my passion for this subject and hopefully has made me a better teacher and person. 


Shantel Wright of Richmond, VA

Shantel Wright

Where and what do you teach?

Southampton Elementary School, Richmond VA

Give us your twitter-length philosophy of education.

BE THE CHANGE!!!!! I always wear my invisible super cape every single day. Whether  I reach one child or 30 children I know I’m doing something right. The world needs superheroes right now and one of those superheroes is a teacher.

What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of teaching social studies and the Civil War era?

Having to have those uncomfortable conversations about what happened. The events leading up to the Civil War and the time after the Civil  War. Especially in today’s climate, those conversations about slavery can be hard.

What strategies do you use in your classroom to overcome those challenges?

I make it fun. We have whole group discussions about it. It helps a little that I teach 4th grade so we can have those discussions. 

Tell us about your experience collaborating with the museum and being part of ACWM’s Teacher Advisory Council.

This has been by far the most amazing experience ever! I use the  links to facilitate whole  group instruction and to have those virtual field experiences as well.