2006 Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award

February 21st, 2006 by Adam

Plymouth State University, in conjunction with the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History, announces the call for nominations for the 2006 New Hampshire Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award.

“Preserve America” is a White House initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve America’s cultural and natural heritage. The award honors an outstanding New Hampshire teacher of American history. The New Hampshire winner will be eligible to be honored as the National 2006 Preserve America History Teacher of the Year.

Coordinated by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the New Hampshire award carries a cash prize of $1,000. The award-winner will be announced at a local ceremony. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History also honors each state winner with a “History Teacher of the Year” plaque and presents the winner’s school with an archive of primary historical materials, named in honor of that teacher, for use in the school library or resource center. This will be the third year the Institute has awarded the prize to a New Hampshire history teacher. Previous winners include Sean M. O’Mara, Keene Middle School (2005) and Thomas Gilfoyle, Nashua North High School (2004).

The National History Teacher of the Year is selected from the state winners by a panel of prominent historians. The 2006 national winner will be honored next fall in Washington, D.C. or New York City. The national winner, together with the nominating supervisor, will travel to the recognition ceremony with expenses paid by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

History teachers at every level, from elementary through high school, are eligible for nomination. Nominees are expected to show a deep commitment to teaching American history, display creativity and imagination in the classroom that addresses literacy and content, pay close attention to the primary materials of history (such as documents, artifacts, historic sites, etc.), and to have held at least three years of experience in teaching American history. Any full-time elementary school teacher who focuses on American history within the framework of their elementary school program may be nominated. Middle school or high school teachers who are nominated must be full-time teachers who teach American history. Nominations must be made by a department or division head, a school director, or principal.

The New Hampshire winner will be announced and honored in a ceremony in the fall. In order to include the New Hampshire winner in the national competition, applications must reach PSU by May 27, 2006. Students and parents may submit names of great history teachers to their school principals, division heads, and administrators for suggested nomination. The state coordinators of this award hope that school administrators statewide will be motivated to nominate their best teachers in this exciting award program honoring outstanding teachers of American history.

Nomination packets should include a letter of nomination from a supervisor or administrator; a one-page statement by the nominee of her/his philosophy of teaching American history; the nominee’s curriculum vitae and courses taught; a 3-page-or-less sample lesson plan; a sample extended project assigned to students demonstrating use of primary documents, artifacts, sites, etc.; and an 8-10 minute video in which the nominee demonstrates class projects and discusses her/his most effective teaching practices. For more information about the nomination process, please contact the History Teacher of the Year state coordinator, John Krueckeberg, at (603) 535-2332 or jkrueckeberg@plymouth.edu.

Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American history. For more information, please visit www.gilderlehrman.org