2023-24 Roving Scholar for Lower Secondary Schools, Larry Dorenkamp

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Larry Dorenkamp, an 8th-grade American History teacher at North Hills Middle School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, encourages students to explore history from the perspective of those who lived it, emphasizing that the memory of events from the past is open to interpretation. Using engaging techniques like probing questions, creativity, music, and visuals, he connects America’s complex past to present challenges, capturing students’ interest.

In 2019, Mr. Dorenkamp was awarded the James Madison Memorial Fellowship for Pennsylvania, enabling him to pursue a master’s degree in American History and Government from Ashland University, which he completed in May 2022. He actively shares effective teaching strategies, presenting at various conferences nationwide, including the 2017 National Council for the Social Studies in San Francisco and the John L. Nau Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia.

As a Fulbright Scholar in Norway, Larry is excited to represent the United States and share elements of America’s past, present, and future with Norwegian students. He also looks forward to exchanging successful instructional practices with Norwegian educators, drawing from his 27 years of teaching experience. This opportunity promises to be an extraordinary adventure for Larry.

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