Education Opportunities


The NCSML provides a multicultural adventure, connecting students to the larger, global community in a personal manner.


What We Offer

  • Maňa: One Girl’s Story, A comprehensive experience geared for elementary school students studying immigration. Those living close enough to visit can schedule an onsite study trip. Anyone can access the lesson plans and resources for their classroom here.
  • Customized onsite study trips for pre-K through college students, designed to enrich teachers’ curriculum.
  • Resources for educators and parents on Czech history, traditions, and culture
  • Opportunities for community education and professional development.
Book a Study Trip Lesson Plans

About the Education Team


Nic Hartmann

Director of Learning & Civic Engagement
(Human Rights Education Specialist)

Nic received a BA in Anthropology and Folklore at Indiana University, an MA in Folk Studies at Western Kentucky University, and a PhD in Folklore from Memorial University. He develops educational programming and works to create collaborations between NCSML and area educational institutions.


Catherine Metz

Elementary Educator and Curriculum Specialist

Catherine is an elementary teacher in the Cedar Rapids Community School District, with over 16 years of teaching experience. She received her degree in Elementary Education at Mount Mercy College and her masters in Curriculum Instruction in Elementary Education at University of Northern Iowa. She is the curriculum specialist for the NCSML and is the co-author of the Maňa lesson plans and materials.