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Teaching Museum North Educates Students

Roswell's Teaching Museum North offers programs to enrich student's lives.

The name says it all: Teaching Museum North is all about education.

Built in 1931, the building was once a school. Twenty years ago, it became the (TMN) and now it is staffed by three full-time employees who's sole mission is to put on the thinking caps of Fulton County students by bringing history into the present in a fun, engaging way.

Jena Sibille has been the museum’s curator for the past three years. She oversees the multitude of programs TMN puts on for students daily and helps develop new ideas that come in from department heads at Fulton County Schools.

“We see a lot of students, so we’re really about partnering here. Most of the ideas for our programs come from teachers and principals in the area,” Sibille says. “We like to hear what they want and go from there.”

Funded by the Fulton County School System and non-profits, TMN had almost 25,000 students come through its doors in 2011. The museum also partners with and the on several projects for students, like the Historical Walking Tour, Night at the Teaching Museum and Literacy through Drama workshops. Each program is geared toward a specific age group and curriculum requirement.

“It’s all about using our resources and reaching out into the community,” Sibille says.

Mary Jane Stone is another resource. She is one of the contract teachers working at TMN. When teaching students about the Anne Frank Diaries, Stone uses a full-scale secret annex to show students what life was like for the Franks in hiding. Master storyteller Cathy Kaemmerlen puts on an Anne Frank performance for students on a set behind a hidden door – a door that looks like a bookshelf, to be exact.

“We do a lot of fun things here, but the gravity of the situation isn’t lost. We cover a variety of historical subjects dealing with a lot of heavy content, so our mission is to go there in a safe way,” Sibille says. “We really want kids to have the discussion opportunity we provide.”

R January 13, 2012 at 01:52 PM
A debt of gratitude is owed Jacque Coxe, Founding Curator, for her tireless years of service to the Museum. She laid a great foundation for its continuing work.
Ron Jackson January 13, 2012 at 03:12 PM
When then school superintendent Jim Fox first decided Fulton County Schools needed the Teaching Museum-North in the old Roswell Elementary School building, he went to veteran educator Jacque Coxe to develop the museum. She took it from an just idea to being a important part of Roswell. It is a museum but more importantly it educates students. It is a treasure and we owe Jacque a big thank you!
Christine Foster January 13, 2012 at 05:29 PM
The Teaching Museum is a great resource for local schools! Anyone have a favorite program or event their child has attended at the Museum?
Deena C. Spell January 14, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Yes, Jena Sibille mentioned what great work her predecessor had done!
Kimberly Martin March 09, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Fulton County Schools is lucky to have the museums and the museums are lucky to have the support of Fulton County Arts and Culture and the Georgia Humanities Council.

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