I will not return this year, but I have been asked by the vice president for education and by the manager of education communication and outreach to review some of the 400 applications for the 2020 Summer Residential Programs. In order to fairly select the 120 residents for the six weeks of 2020 programming, reviewers will score resumes, essays, recommendations, etc., using a rubric prepared and provided by the education department at Mount Vernon. I am looking forward to logging into the online review system to read and score a small percentage of the applications from across the country. It will be interesting, and hopefully inspiring, to read how other teachers respond to the application questions.
Not only is it an honor to be a part of the selection process, but it is a small way to give back to the system that has so enriched me as a teacher in the United States.