Williamsburg – Washington, DC

Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg
Mt Vernon Gardens
Mount Vernon
National Archives
National Archives

June 19–25

Content Specialist: Dr. Jay Buckley, Associate Professor, BYU
Pedagogy Specialist: Sara Hacken, Alpine School District

Participants will travel to Historic Colonial Williamsburg to dine in colonial taverns, meet and talk with founding fathers, debate independence in the capitol building, and walk the streets where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and George Wythe worked together to help forge a new nation. They will then travel to Monticello, Montpelier, and Mount Vernon—homes of three founding fathers and presidents of the new nation. Ending in Washington, DC, the teachers will delve into the sites and historical markers of our nation’s capital.

Williamsburg to Washington, DC map


  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Jamestown and Yorktown
  • Monticello
  • Montpelier
  • Mount Vernon
  • National Archives
  • Newseum
  • Spy Museum
  • National Mall

Apply for Field Study

Apply as Individual

Utah educators, grades 5-12, who specialize in American History are welcome to apply as an individual participant. Applicants must have a continuing contract for the 2016-2017 school year and may not have participated in a Driven 2 Teach field study since 2012.

Apply as Individual

Apply as Team

Utah educators, grades 5-12, who specialize in American history or historical literature may apply as a collaborative team. Each team member must have a continuing contract for the 2016-2017 school year and all team members must teach at the same school. None of the team members may have participated in a Driven 2 Teach field study since 2012.

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Jay Buckley

Dr. Jay Buckley

Professor of Historical Content

Jay H. Buckley (PhD, Nebraska) joined the BYU history faculty in Fall 2001. He teaches American West and American Indian history courses and directs the Native American Studies minor program. His specialties include Lewis & Clark, exploration & migration, Indian-white relations, fur trade, and other western themes.

Jay currently serves as the President of the National Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. An Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University, Jay is the author of William Clark: Indian Diplomat and co-author of By His Own Hand?: The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis; Orem [Utah]; and Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson,and The Opening of the American West.

Jay and his wife, Becky, are the parents of three children.

Sara Hacken

Sara Hacken

Professor of Pedagogy

Sara Hacken (Med.) has taught 29 years in 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. For the last fifteen years, she has taught an integrated English/History program at Lakeridge Junior High School. Sara has received awards for her innovative work at both the elementary and secondary levels. She has conducted curriculum workshops locally and nationally, and taught classes for BYU, SUU, and Utah State. Sara received the Utah Teacher of the Year award in 2013.

For the last eight years she has also written and directed the Teaching American history grants for Alpine School District, which has provided over 800 hours of US History in service for Alpine teachers. Sara has traveled extensively both in the US and internationally as a Fulbright Scholar. Sara is the mother of four children and grandmother of thirteen grandchildren.