MARYVILLE, TN (August 22, 2016)   “Mountain Education” will be the next presentation in the Southern Appalachian Studies Series at the Blount County Public Library. Discover why the early settlers’ view of education was surprisingly different from that of people today.


“Southern Appalachia Studies Series: Mountain Education” will be presented by Robin Goddard on Monday, August 29, at 7 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library.


In this session, Goddard, a retired teacher, will explain how settlement schools influenced and changed attitudes toward education.


Goddard is an interpreter, teacher, storyteller, and trainer who has developed material for curriculum-based programs, taught outdoor classes, assisted scientists with collecting data, developed first-person historical programs and served as a formal Great Smoky Mountains Ambassador through outreach programs in the community.


Goddard, in her 26th year as the Interpreter at Little Greenbrier School, serves as the “schoolmarm” (teacher) and teaches Junior Ranger programs.


She was a 75th Ambassador for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Service (GSMNPS) and currently serves as a 2016 NPS Centennial Ambassador. Some of Goddard’s many honors and accomplishments include receiving the President’s Highest Volunteer Call to Service Award, Tennessee Environmental Teacher of the Year, and VIP (Volunteer in Park) for the National Park Service.


Open to the public, this program is hosted by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville, where services are an example of your tax dollars at work for you.


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