James A. Percoco

James A. Percoco is a nationally recognized history educator with over thirty-three years of service to American education. His books A Passion for the Past: Creative Teaching of US History and Divided We Stand: Teaching About Conflict in US History are staples in collegiate social studies methods courses across the United States. Percoco has pioneered the combination of public education with public history utilizing public history opportunities throughout his curriculum. Thirty-six of his students have worked for the National Park Service, and several of them are currently in leadership positions. Many of his former students also became social studies/history teachers.

A prolific speaker, Percoco demonstrates how to use historic sites and museums as adjuncts to his teaching and has modeled his approach in countless inservice programs nationally.

Pulitzer Prize winning author and biographer David McCullough has called Percoco “a national treasure,” and Yohuru Williams has dubbed Percoco “America’s History Teacher.”

Percoco is a Gilder-Lehrman Teacher of the Year (Virginia) and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2011.

James A. Percoco

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