NEH Summer Institute for K-12 Educators

Depending on public health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.

Project Team


Dr. Susan Ryan is the Chief Mission Officer at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and the Institute Director for this NEH program. She was the Director for the 2021 NEH Landmarks Workshop, Mesa Verde National Park and Pueblo Indian History and has participated as a scholar in NEH Workshops and Institutes since 2016. She is an anthropological archaeologist by training and has engaged in archaeological research and public education since 1998. Her research interests include the built environment, the Chaco-to-post-Chaco transition in the Mesa Verde region, and community formation and disintegration. She has held teaching appointments at the University of Arizona and currently is the Instructor of Record for multiple courses offered through Adams State University.

Rebecca Hammond, Crow Canyon’s American Indian Initiatives Outreach Coordinator, is a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and has been an Educator at Crow Canyon for 24 years. She will demonstrate the ways teachers can introduce the unwritten human past into their classrooms using hands-on instructional strategies and will share information on Ute history and culture. Rebecca has served as a scholar for Crow Canyon’s NEH Landmark Workshops and Institutes in the recent past.

Tyson Hughes, Education Manager at Crow Canyon, has a B.A. in anthropology and an extensive teaching record having educated hundreds of K-12 students in the culture history of the Mesa Verde region. Additionally, Tyson is experienced at developing and aligning state standards for the classroom.

Dr. Kellam Throgmorton is the Field Director for the Northern Chaco Outliers Project. Having recently completed his Ph.D. on early Chaco villages, Kellam serves as an Institute expert on the Chaco regional system and will help guide participants in excavation methods at the Haynie site.

Dr. Benjamin Bellorado, Laboratory Manager at Crow Canyon, will guide Institute participants in the lab by helping them identify and analyze artifacts recovered from the Haynie site and provide archaeological perspectives on Pueblo prehistory. His specialties include perishables and ceramic analyses, petrography, and public archaeology, making him an asset to participants who are focused on designing STEM-based curricula.

Dr. Josephina Chang-Order will serve as the K-12 Leader. She is also served as the K-12 Leader for the 2021 NEH Landmarks Workshop, Mesa Verde National Park and Pueblo Indian History. Josie recently received her Ph.D. in Educational Foundation, Policy, and Practice from the University of Colorado. Her research and dissertation, “Seeing Who’s Represented, Who’s Not: Identifying with Historical Narratives in Museums” nicely complements the themes of this Institute. Josie will guide participants towards a deeper understanding of our themes and help them apply their newly gained knowledge and experiences to their projects, curricula, and pedagogical practices.

Theresa Pasqual, Executive Director of the Acoma Historic Preservation Office, is a tribal member of Acoma Pueblo and the former Director of Acoma’s Historic Preservation Office. She is charged with protecting the cultural, archaeological, and historical resources of the Pueblo, both on and off the reservation. Her present work focuses on the protection of cultural landscapes, expansion of traditional ecological knowledge in scientific study, academic research, and policy based in equity, social justice, and inclusion.

Dr. Joseph Suina, Scholar and tribal member of Cochiti Pueblo, is Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico’s College of Education, a former governor of Cochiti Pueblo, and former Director of the Institute for American Indian Education. Joseph has devoted much of his career to assessing student learning and developing training programs for educators who teach American Indian students.