Lillian McFarland has been teaching history for 17 years. Originally from Florida, where she was educated and began her teaching career, she now teaches on the rural northern coast of Mendocino County in a small high school of 150 students. She is passionate about teaching history accurately in a way that motivates students to explore topics more deeply and become advocates for a better future. She believes that teaching the realities of the past, even if they are difficult to hear, is vital to students’ understanding of history and the only way we can prevent future atrocities from occurring. As a leader in her school district, she is bringing these ideas and resources to her colleagues at both her site as well as the feeder middle schools.