History Teacher of the Year
The National History Teacher of the Year award honors great American history
teachers from across the country. Washington selects one state finalist annually
as Washington’s History Teacher of the Year. State finalists complete for the
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY (The History Channel) and Preserve America sponsor the national program.
Administrators, colleagues, parents and students nominate online. Self nominations are not allowed.
The National History Teacher of the Year alternates between elementary (K-6) and secondary (7-12) each year. The 2016 National History Teacher of the Year will be a
Nominees submit supporting materials including essays, letters of recommendation, a resume and a sample lesson plan.
A statewide committee reviews the supporting materials and recommends one teacher to the national program each spring. The National History Teacher of the Year is typically announced each fall.
- A $1,000 award from Gilder Lehrman.
- An invitation to the annual Governor’s Reception for Exceptional Educators.
- An opportunity to compete for the national award.
- His/her school receives an archive of primary historical materials named in honor of the teacher.
the Gilder-Lehrman Web site or contact Social Studies Program Supervisor Carol Coe for more information.