Middle Grade Social Studies Education
Laura Spillman, originally from Davie County, North Carolina, graduated in the fall of 2016 with a degree in middle grade education with a concentration in social studies. Laura said that getting into the Maynor Honors College at UNCP was a great accomplishment. Laura doesn’t deny that the high standards of the MHC are not easy to achieve, but goes on to say that keeping these high standards are very rewarding as a student. Laura is also proud that she received the Sons of the Revolution Scholarship given to her by the History Department.
Laura’s senior project focused on women during the American Revolution. She researched how historians have studied women in the Revolution, and how adolescent, especially middle school, textbooks and literature are portraying women in the Revolution. She collected research from primary and secondary sources such as monographs, novels, transcriptions, and historical documents.
After graduation Laura will be applying for jobs as a teacher and hopes to stay in North Carolina, specifically in Robeson County. Laura advises honors students to make the best of the time that is spent at UNCP. She encourages students to communicate with professors and says, “They’re more than willing to help out and are very enthusiastic about learning.”
Thesis: Revolutionary American Women's History in the North Carolina School Systems and Young Adult Literature
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rose Stremlau