Lindy Poling


The Vietnam War in Popular Culture:
The Influence of America’s Most Controversial War on Everyday Life
(Published by ABC-CLIO, 2017)
Ron Milam, Editor. Foreword by: George C. Herring. 2 VOLUMES
Volume 2: Chapter 10: Encouraging Students to Think Outside the “Box Office”
By Lindy G. Poling
I am excited to share some exciting news with my former Lessons of Vietnam (LOV) students and friends. My recently published essay, Encouraging Students to Think Outside the Box Office, addresses two major questions that I submitted to 60 former LOV students in the summer of 2015: “How did pop culture affect your perception of the Vietnam War before taking the LOV elective?” And, “How did Lessons of Vietnam change your initial perceptions of the Vietnam War itself, Vietnam Veterans, and/or the Vietnam Era?”
A special thank you goes to 29 of my former LOV students (from MHS LOV classes: 1997-2011) who graciously gave their time to write some amazing reflections, many of which are included in this publication. Also, I would like to give a shout out to MHS Teacher, Mark Grow, for taking the to conduct a very helpful survey with his Fall 2015 LOV classes.


Hometown Heroes Service Learning Project



VVMF Education Center at the Wall
Content Advisory Committee


Teaching Local History in Grades 6-12


“Community Speakers in the Classroom”
By Lindy Poling



Meet Lindy Poling,a 35 year veteran educator,
known for bringing veterans and first person narratives into the classroom to teach high school students about the Vietnam War.


 Featured in USA Today -March 14, 2005

Personal approach revisits the past with a point of view.


Millbrook High Teacher –October 14, 2004 USA Today named Millbrook High teacher Lindy Poling one of the 20 teachers from across the nationon their All-USA Teacher First Team.
Mrs. Poling has been a history teacher at Millbrook High School since 1984. She has earned honors in Wake County and across the country for her
Community-in-the-Classroom approach to studying history and her class,
Lessons of Vietnam/Recent International Relations.

Full USA Today


 NC History Teacher of the Year

Lindy Poling, a social studies teacher anddepartment chair at Millbrook High School
in Raleigh has been named the 2006North Carolina History Teacher of the Year by the
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American Historyand Preserve America.    Full Story


Teacher of the Year – Lindy G. Poling U.S. History Teacher at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC has been selected as the 2002 Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year. This award is designed to recognize the
nation’s top elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship
education topics regularly and promote  America’s history and traditions.
Ms. Poling was sponsored by VFW Post 10225 Garner, NC.    Read More…

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Developing Citizens of the World

an article by Ms. Lindy Poling, published in the Winter 2008-09 edition
of Global TeachNet, a National Peace Corps Association publication.


 Lessons of the Past and Present

By Maria Cucurullo
MHS Lessons of Vietnam Class, 2008

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  A Legacy of Service
VVMF 2014

Youth and the Lessons of Vietnam
By Millbrook HS LOV students