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Grace Leatherman has an extensive background in history education. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she earned a bachelor’s degree in history, with honors, and a master’s degree in history from the University of Delaware before teaching history in the Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools. Since 2013, she served as the Maryland History Day Outreach Coordinator at Maryland Humanities. In this capacity, she worked with over 19,000 students and reached over 1,600 teachers through professional development.
She wrote and implemented grants to fund teacher professional development and, in partnership with Maryland Public Television, the creation of a website to make primary sources accessible to all students, including English Language Learners and those with disabilities. Grace also partnered with Maryland Public Television to build and teach online courses for teachers. In August 2019, Grace was appointed as the Executive Director of the National Council for History Education.