U.S. Congressman Ted Poe is pleased to announce that Ms. Renee Lee, a teacher at Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School in Beaumont, has been selected to participate in Gateway on the Gulf: Galveston and American Immigration, 1845-1915 a teacher institute sponsored by Humanities Texas. Forty exceptional classroom teachers from across the State will attend the institute at Open Gates Conference Center in Galveston from June 15 to 18.

Informed of this opportunity by Congressman Poe, Ms. Lee has been an educator for 27 years. Currently she teaches U.S. and European history and serves as the head of the social studies department at Monsignor Kelly Catholic School.

I wish to congratulate Ms. Lee on her upcoming participation in this program organized by Humanities Texas, Rep. Poe said. Her dedication to the students of Jefferson County constitutes a tremendous asset to the quality of education in our community.

Gateway on the Gulf will feature presentations and workshops that will provide participants with new strategies for presenting information about the historical immigrant experience in Texas.

Humanities Texas is pleased to sponsor such an exciting educational initiative, said Michael L. Gillette, Executive Director. The teachers selected for this institute will have the opportunity to explore how generations of immigrations have shaped the heritage and culture of Texas and our nation.

Although most of the four-day experience is limited to selected teachers, distinguished historian H. W. Brands (author of Lone Star Nation) will deliver a public lecture in Galveston on June 17 in conjunction with the institute. In addition, Humanities Texas will make documents and curriculum related to immigration available on its website.

Humanities Texas is the nonprofit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Bob Bullock Texas State Historical Museum. Along with the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Humanities Texas will sponsor Gateway on the Gulf in cooperation with the Rosenberg Library, the National Archives and Records Administration, Texas A&M University in Galveston, and the University of Texas Medical Branch. Major funding has been provided by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, contact Kathie Tovo at (512) 440-1991 or kbtovo@humanitiestexas.org.

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