McCully-Mobley attends Civil War Central

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Educator visits historic battlefields, Medal of Honor speech

Kim McCully-Mobley, an English/Practical Arts teacher at Aurora High School, was invited to attend a week-long event to study the Civil War through a Freedoms Foundation experience called Civil War Central, held June 23-30.

A total of 36 educators from across the U.S. were selected for the experience, which featured 12 Civil War sites in Tennessee and Georgia. The classes started by charter bus in Nashville, Tenn., and wrapped up in Atlanta, Ga. A highlight of the event included a leadership/character course with Medal of Honor Recipient Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. Hagemeister, who received honors for his actions in the Vietnam War.

That day's class was offered through the Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga. Highlights of the conference included over 44 hours of professional development, as well as visits to Stone Mountain, Lookout Mountain and Chickamauga Battlefield.

McCully-Mobley was also invited to attend the 15th Truman Library Teachers Conference at the Harry S. Truman Museum & Library in Independence July 16-20. A total of 55 educators from 17 states and territories were invited to participate in the event, which featured over 40 hours of professional development, a variety of guest speakers, activities and events, including two trips to the National World War I Museum in downtown Kansas City. McCully-Mobley spent additional time researching the Houn' Dawg Mascot Story and the heroic pursuits of Aurora area soldiers during World War I.

McCully-Mobley is a former editor for The Monett Times and the Aurora Advertiser.