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History and Social Sciences Teacher Sam Wold

Lake Forest Academy’s Sam Wold has been selected by the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation to participate in its workshop for educators sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Wold teaches in the History and Social Sciences department and has been a member of the LFA faculty since 2012.

Echoes of History: Mistreatment and Incarceration in the American West will teach educators about the mistreatment of marginalized groups in the American West, primarily Native Americans, German immigrants during World War I and the 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of them U.S. citizens, who were incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Wyo., and nine other camps around the country.

Wold and the other educators in the workshop will spend six days learning about the Japanese experience in the United States, the racism and prejudice faced by the immigrants, how their paths intersected with Wyoming's Native American communities and the multigenerational mental health trauma that many members of the incarcerees' families still suffer today. He is one of 72 educators selected from a group of more than 175 applicants.

In addition to his teaching duties at LFA, Wold created an Ultimate Frisbee PE course at LFA, has coached soccer at LFA, and he now coaches the girls and boys tennis teams. He teaches AP World History and several Human Rights electives, served as a representative on the Faculty Advisory Council (FAC), is the faculty advisor for the Amnesty International club and History Bowl, and he has taught in the Global Concentration Program. He spent 5 years working with the Global Youth Leadership Institute (GYLI), and acted as class advisor for the classes of 2015 and 2020. Sam co-chaired the 2014-15 Head of School Symposium focused on Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos and he has led student trips to the Navajo Nation, Cuba, China, Egypt, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, Laos, Rome and Greece, Ghana, Central Europe, and Peru.