Director of Teaching & Learning
Lee Schere is the Director of Teaching & Learning at the Office of K-16 Initiatives where he supports staff who design curriculum and train teachers in addition to designing US History curriculum and providing professional learning for high school history teachers. Lee developed the Debating U.S. History program starting in 2012 in order to develop NYC public school students’ critical thinking skills through engaging and relevant historical inquiry. Lee has over 15 years teaching experience at the secondary and post-secondary levels, including eight years as a social studies teacher at a Brooklyn NYC DOE high school where he also directed civic engagement activities at the school, including curriculum-based service-learning and internship programs, and designed and taught a ‘community studies’ class rooted in community organizing, social justice and the arts. Lee received his B.A. from Georgetown University and M.A. from the University of Minnesota.
Instructional Services Manager
Rachel Hutchins has served as Instructional Services Manager for Debating U.S. History since 2017, where she designs curriculum and professional learning for participating teachers. Prior to joining Debating U.S. History, Rachel taught American Studies for 15 years at the University of Lorraine (France), where she was an associate professor. Among a wide range of courses, she taught U.S. History for graduate students in teaching certification programs. Her research focused on redefinitions of national identity over time, including her book Nationalism and History Education: Curriculum and Textbooks in the United States and France (Routledge 2016). Rachel holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Anglophone Studies from the University of Lorraine.