Ms. Rhonda S. Ireland is a well-evaluated Social Studies educator of 25 years with the Lee’s Summit R7 School District. She was recently named Missouri Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year for 2018. As the state honoree, she will compete for National Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year. She is also an accomplished Holocaust educator with community, state, and national experience. Ms. Ireland received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at William Jewell College, and a Master of Arts in History at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, where she also received her Certification in Secondary Social Studies. Ms. Ireland has taught Advanced World History, AP European History, AP American History (Independent Study), IB History of the Americas II, Psychology, American History, and Graduate History/Education Courses through the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education. Ms. Ireland has been affiliated with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) since 2007, through the present. She has represented Missouri at House of Delegates meetings of the NCSS, and has attended the House of Delegates at the Washington, DC (2011), Seattle, Washington (2012), and St. Louis (2013) National Conventions. She has also attended National Conventions in San Diego (2007), Atlanta (2009), Washington, DC (2011), Seattle (2012), St. Louis (2013), Boston (2014), and New Orleans (2015). In addition, Ms. Ireland has been affiliated with the Midwest Center of Holocaust Education from 1998 to the present. She is a Cadre member of the Isak Federman Teaching Cadre, for which she attends monthly meetings throughout the school year, and has developed and presented numerous Holocaust workshops to educator and community groups. As a member of the Missouri Council for the Social Studies, which she has belonged to since 1993, Ms. Ireland has attended annual conventions since 1994, where she has presented numerous Holocaust-focused workshops. Recently she has held the positions of President-Elect, President, and Past-President, which include advising and voting as the Executive Council. As President-Elect, Ms. Ireland’s responsibilities were to plan the February 2015 MCSS State Conference. The International Academy of Science recognizes Ms. Ireland for her contributions to Acellus in the Grade 7 Social Studies course.