Tracey Wilson earned her B.A. and M.A. from Trinity College, Hartford and her Ph.D. in history at Brown University. She taught History in the West Hartford, CT Public Schools for 38 years, focusing on United States History, African American History, Local History and Human Rights. Wilson’s interest in teaching and learning focuses on equity in education, relevant curriculum, thinking like an historian, and the student centered classroom.
She has 30 years experience providing professional development for high school history teachers through the College Board. She was part of the team that developed the College Board’s Vertical Team handbook for Social Studies and helped write the Professional Development workshops for the new course in 2014. She has been a Reader of the AP US History Exam.
Wilson was named an Olmsted Fellow, Outstanding High School Teacher, at Williams College in 2009, was named the Connecticut State History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute in 2008, and named New England History Teacher of the Year by the New England Regional Office of the College Board in 2000.
She has been consulting at the St. Johnsbury Academy APSI since 1995.
She is presently working on a local history project, Witness Stones West Hartford to recover and honor the names of people who were enslaved in this town in the 18th century. She and her partners, along with 8th graders from the West Hartford Public Schools have so far recovered the stories of 50 enslaved people, and look forward to telling the stories of at least 30 more.
She serves as the Town Historian in West Hartford, CT.