Educator Open House: An Inspiring Evening of Freedom at the
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CINCINNATI, OH (September 7, 2017) – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host Educator Open House: An Inspiring Evening of Freedom on Wednesday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature Kathy Nimmer, 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year and finalist for the 2015 National Teacher of the Year. The program is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested.
Educators and champions of education are encouraged to join and participate in an evening of networking, music and a keynote from Kathy Nimmer. An English and Creative Writing teacher in Indiana, Nimmer is also a motivational speaker, writer and guide dog handler. Recently, she received the Dollywood Foundation’s 2016 Chasing Rainbows Award, the National Federation of the Blind’s 2016 Blind Educator of the Year Award, and the Hasbrook Award – a lifetime achievement honor sponsored by Bosma Industries. Among other honors, she was named Sagamore of the Wabash in 2014, the highest civilian honor in Indiana. Dr. Thomas Tucker, Superintendent of Princeton City Schools will MC the evening of inspiration for educators.
“We are honored to have someone of Ms. Nimmer’s caliber come and speak with regional educators,” says Tara Riley, Interim Director of Museum Experiences at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “Her story will not only inspires not only educators, but professionals across all fields.”
Nimmer currently teaches writing at Harrison High School in West Lafayette and serves as Tippecanoe School Corporation’s new teacher coach and mentor. She earned her BA in English Education from Trinity Christian College in 1991 and her MA from Purdue University in 1992.
Educator Open House: An Inspiring Evening of Freedom with Kathy Nimmer at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is Wednesday, September 20, at 5:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested. For more information about exhibits and programs at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at freedomcenter.org, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org.