Project Staff

To purchase the 2nd and 3rd Grade DVD's produced for BHH by Iowa Public Television, please contact Pro Video.


Elise Fillpot, Ph.D. Project Design and Direction
Visiting Scholar, University of Iowa College of Education
1111 Downey Drive
Iowa City, IA 52240


Colin Gordon, Ph.D. Project Historian
Professor, University of Iowa Department of History


Catherine Denial, Ph.D. Lead Project Historian
Associate Professor, Knox College Department of History


Annie Parker Liss, Ph.D. Project Historian 2002-2005


Megan Threlkeld, Ph.D. GWHI Project Historian  2006-09
Assistant Professor, Denison University Department of History


James L. Tursi, Assistant Director 2001-2006 
Retired, History Instructor, College Community CSD


Kimberly Heckart, BHH Lead Mentor and Site Coordinator      ·  3rd grade teacher Praire College Community ISD
·  2007 National Council for Social Studies Elementary School Teacher of the Year


Project Evaluators:
The University of Iowa, College of Education Center for Evaluation and Assessment

Curriculum Authors:

  • Elise Fillpot
  • James L. Tursi
  • Kimberly Heckart
  • Chad Hippen
  • Joan Hippen
  • Peg Litchfield
  • April Six
  • Timothy Williamson, Citation Icons Art Design

Curriculum Peer Reviewer:

Dr. M. Gail Hickey
Professor of Education at Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dr. Hickey reviewed the units for grade-level appropriateness of the curriculum content and the units' alignment with the NCSS and NCHE standards.
Contact Dr. Hickey

General Resource Worksheet Adaptations:

Rachel Serianz, Professor of Education at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA 52803 Contact Dr. Serianz

Pilot Teachers:
Washington Community School District 2001-2004

Address: 404 W. Main Street, Washington, IA 52353
Phone: 319.653.6543
Search for staff e-mail addresses:

  • Kindergarten
    • Kate Glinsmann
    • Barbara Donkersloot
    • Lisa Hixson
    • Deborah Jewell
    • Terry Kalm
    • Maureen Schneider
  • 1st grade
    • Chad Hippen
    • Sarah Durchenwald
    • Pam Green
    • June Hunter
    • Nancy Pim
    • Tracy Strabala
    • Tamara Sieren
    • Barbara Donkersloot
  • 2nd Grade
    • Kimberly Heckart
    • Sarah Bailey
    • Maria Haberer
    • Tamara Sieren -- loop
    • April Six
    • Jane Cuddeback
    • Joan Hippen
    • June Hunter
  • 3rd Grade
    • Peg Litchfield
    • Carmen Black
    • Nancy Kull
    • Mary Gail Lyons
    • Cathy Lewis
    • Kimberly Heckart
    • Sarah Bailey
  • 4th Grade
    • Curt Jensen
  • 5th Grade
    • Ross Anderson
  • 6th Grade
    • Toni Adrian

Recent News

Bringing History Home 2011-12

Bringing History Home is now in all K-5 classrooms in the Cedar Rapids CSD and Prairie College Community
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Reviews of BHH Lesson Plans on the NHEC

The National History Education Clearinghouse has reviewed two Bringing History Home units. The reviews assess the BHH First

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BHH in College History Classrooms!

Dr. Catherine Denial of Knox College has been the BHH lead historian since the project began nine years ago.  

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