Historical Hall of Fame: James A. Percoco was Virginia's 2010 "History Teacher of the Year" recognized in the VDOE/Gilder - Lehrman National Competition and is the current Director of Education for Friends of the National WWII Memorial
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James A. Percoco was a Virginia/United States History teacher at West Springfield High School in Fairfax Co. Public Schools.   He had been a  high school teacher for over 30 years and has also worked as an adjunct professor at American University since 2004.  At present, he is the Director of Education at the Friends of the National WWII Memorial.
 
Percoco is known for incorporating hands-on learning opportunities into the study of history and having notable guest speakers in the classroom. Field trips include annual excursions to Gettysburg National Battlefield, the Lincoln Cottage and Mount Vernon as well as an assortment of different locations selected each year.  Using a series of "individualized field trips, As a HS teacher he sought to expand his students' cultural literacy, make history palpable and foster a lifelong love of discovery and make learning about history dynamic, real and meaningful. Between 1991 and 2013,  his students  contributed over 30,000 internship/volunteer hours at a variety of historical sites throughout the Washington, D.C., area.
 
His work has been recognized through numerous awards and honors from organizations including the National Teacher's Hall of Fame, the U.S. State Department, Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, USA Today, Walt Disney Company, Sons of the American Revolution, the American Historical Association and the Virginia Historical Society.
 
Percoco is the author of three books and scores of magazine and journal articles and serves on the advisory board for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
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Percoco (right) honored  by the Fairfax Co. Board of Supervisors