The National Council for Social Studies is current conducting its spring elections and two of Maryland’s own are candidates. Past MDCSS President Bruce Damasio is running for NCSS President and MDCSS member Shannon Pugh is a Member-at-Large candidate. Voting for NCSS members is open through March 15, 2014. Read below for more about our Maryland candidates.
Bruce Damasio (Candidate for NCSS President)
Bruce Damasio teaches social studies methods and supervises social studies preservice teachers for Towson University. He also serves as Field Director for the Maryland Council for Economic Education. Prior to his work in teacher education, he taught middle school and high school social studies for 31 years, including 27 years at Liberty High School in Eldersburg. At Liberty High School, Mr. Damasio taught AP-level economics for 16 years and worked as department chair for 25 years. He has served two three-year terms on the NCSS Board of Directors (2003-2006; 2007-2010). In addition, he served as President of our Maryland Council for the Social Studies (2005-2007) as well as President of the Global Association of Economics Teachers (2006-2009). His awards include: Maryland Social Studies Teacher-of-the-Year (2001) and National Council for the Social Studies Secondary Teacher-of-the-Year (2002). For 20 years, Mr. Damasio read AP Microeconomics exams for the College Board. For more than a decade, he has led numerous professional development institutes throughout the mid-Atlantic and the nation. As a College Board consultant for the Middle States and Midwest regions, Mr. Damasio has offered professional development for teachers in China, Pakistan, Taiwan, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates.
Shannon Pugh (Candidate for NCSS Member at Large)
Shannon Pugh has been a social studies educator for 20 years. She began her career in Mississippi and then moved to Dallas, TX where she taught sheltered (ESOL) world geography, AP World History, and AP Macroeconomics. In Dallas she was active in the Dallas Council for the Social Studies where she served as both secretary and president. She moved to Maryland in 2006 and taught government and history at Arundel High School. She currently works as the social studies teacher specialist for Anne Arundel County. Shannon is a National Board Certified Teacher and is currently working on her doctorate in social studies education. She is a member of the Maryland Council for the Social Studies and served as the Co-Chair of the 2012 NCSS National Conference in Washington D.C.