Steve Schmidt (left), history teacher at San Francisco’s Lowell High School, received one of two CASSAR awards that will pay his tuition and expenses for a summer graduate course presented by Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge.
Steve has chosen the American Revolution South workshop that features field studies and tours of Alamance, Cowpens and Kings Mountain Battlefields, Guilford Court House, Monticello, Jamestown, Green Springs, The University of Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Mount Vernon. At each of these sites, prominent historians will provide vivid insight, interpretation and perspective to the people and events that shaped American history.
When Steve learned that he had won the prestigious award, he exclaimed, “I am THRILLED about being the recipient of the CASSAR FFVF Scholarship! This is going to be an amazing summer!” This graduate course will add to Steve's already impressive resume.
Steve grew up on a cattle ranch in the Bitterwater Valley of southern San Benito County. He received a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley with an emphasis in U.S. History and an M.A. in Education from California State University San Francisco. Steve remarked that “Bitterwater to Berkeley was the culture shock of a lifetime.”
Steve has taught in California public schools for 20 years, the last 17 years in San Francisco and the last 13 years at Lowell High School. He spends his summers working or studying: Princeton (2002), Yale (2003-2006), the NEH (2009-2010), working with orphans in Mexico (2007), attending a seminar on the American Civil Rights Movement at Cambridge University in England (2008), earning an ESL Credential at UC Santa Cruz (1994) and teaching summer school (1991-1993 & 1995-1999).