History Teacher of the Year
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The Iowa Department of Education co-sponsors the “History Teacher of the Year” award for K-12 teachers who have at least three years of classroom teaching experience and can demonstrate a commitment to the teaching of American history in creative ways. Candidates may be nominated by friends, family, students, or colleagues. The winner of the state award receives a prize package including a certificate of recognition, a $1,000 award, a collection of classroom resources to be presented in their name to the school library, and an invitation to participate in a Gilder Lehrman Institute summer seminar. From the state winners, one is recognized as the National History Teacher of the Year.
The Iowa winner is honored at the Iowa Teacher of the Year Recognition Event.
The National History Teacher of the Year is honored at an awards ceremony in New York City, NY, and awarded a $10,000 prize.
The award is co-sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America.
National History Teacher of the Year Nomination Form - Submission deadline for the 2023 award is March 31, 2023.
Visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History website to learn more.
|2021||Amber Davison||Hoover High School||Des Moines|
|2020||Janet Wills||Southeast Valley Middle School||Burnside|
|2019||Kelly Steffen||Vinton-Shellsburg High School||Vinton|
|2018||Kimberly Meller-Angus||Northview Middle School||Ankeny|
|2017||Rebecca Helland||Pella School||Pella|
|2016||James Heithoff||Winterset School||Winterset|
|2015||No winner chosen|
|2014||James Hardy||East Union Community School||Afton|
|2013||Josh Culberson||Lamoni Elementary School||Lamoni|
|2012||Monte DeArmoun||Northwood-Kensett Junior-Senior High School||Northwood|
|2011||Lisa Zylstra||Jefferson Intermediate School||Pella|
|2010||Brian Connick||Algona Community High School||Algona|
|2009||Donna Wynn||Clark Elementary School||Sioux City|
|2008||Gina Hanna||Prairie Central Springs Middle School||Nora Springs|
|2007||Kimberly Heckart||Prairie Ridge Elementary School||Cedar Rapids|
|2006||Nancy J. Daley||St. Patrick Elementary School||Waukon|
|2005||Ron VanStrien||Southeast Warren High School||Liberty Center|
|2004||James Daniel||Valley High School||West Des Moines|