Keysiah M. Middleton
John Bartram High School
2015 Enrollment: Roots of the American Empire
Ms. Middleton has worked as a public school educator for eighteen (18) years teaching middle and high school students in the city of Philadelphia where she teaches American History and English. In addition to teaching these subjects, she has taught African American History, History in the Digital Classroom, Hip Hop Culture in the Classroom, Humanities and Special Education. She has also worked with middle school students as a Robotics Instructor. Additionally, she has worked with the city’s adjudicated youth teaching educational enrichments courses.
Ms. Middleton is one of four founding teachers of the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia (TIP). She has served as the first Philadelphia Teacher Fellow and Philadelphia Teacher Representative for both The Yale National Initiative (YNI) and TIP where she has produced a variety of curriculum units for classroom use. As a member and participant since the inception of TIP, she has created and implemented Philadelphia’s Relationship to the Harlem Renaissance (2006), The African, Caribbean and African American Cultural Connection (2008), Teaching American African Males Using Short Stories (2012), The American Civil War and African American Emancipation: A Documentary Analysis (2013), The Seminole and African Collaboration: An Alliance for Survival (2014), The Impact of the Haitian Revolution on 18th Century Philadelphia (2015), as well as The Haitian Revolution and Governor General Toussaint Louverture (2016) curriculum units in her classrooms. Her involvement in TIP and each seminar, thereafter, has taught her to have a better appreciation for scholarly research, seek out information beyond the school district’s curriculum and classroom textbooks, as well as how to delve into and decipher scholarly information to design a more effective classroom lesson. As a result of becoming a YNI Teacher Fellow, Keysiah has went on to serve as a Teacher Fellow and produce work for programs such as Teaching American History (TAH), The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) and The Pulitzer Center.
In her spare time, Ms. Middleton enjoys reading literary fiction while sharing her love of literature with her book club, Philadelphia Phenomenal Women Book Club, researching the life of Abraham Lincoln (as inspired by President Obama), writing about History, and vacationing around the globe with family. She is the proud mother of two sons and a granddaughter. Keysiah resides, with her family, just outside of Philadelphia.