History teacher honored for including voices seldom heard

Angelica Chavez, an 11th grade U.S. history teacher at Adolfo Camarillo High School, was one of 20 teachers selected by the Zinn Education Project to receive a free class set of 25 copies of “A People’s History of the United States,” a copy of the film “The People Speak” and the books “A Young People’s History of the United States” and “Voice of a People’s History of the United States.”

To celebrate her achievement, on June 3 Camarillo High School students read their work and Chavez spoke on the importance of teaching history that includes multiple voices.

Chavez found that the key to engaging students is to emphasize the stories that are left out of the textbooks.