CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Stanley Ray Duncan, named the 2008 West Virginia History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America, has received $1,000 and a core archive of history books, CDs, DVDs and other materials for his school library.
Duncan, a social studies teacher at Summers County High School in Hinton, has been a teacher for nearly 20 years. He received his award and prizes this week. He was named West Virginia’s History Teacher of the Year this summer.
“Great history teachers take required coursework and turn it into a personal experience for their students," said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. "Instead of just telling a story about our past through lectures and textbooks, they encourage students to discover their heritage so that they understand the connection between history and their day-to-day lives.”
Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award is designed to promote, celebrate and encourage the teaching of American history in classrooms across the United States. It honors one exceptional teacher of American history from each state and U.S. territory.
“This award gives us the chance to recognize great history teachers across the country,” said Lesley Herrmann, Executive Director of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. “It puts exceptional educators front and center.”
This year, only middle and high school teachers were eligible for nomination. State winners must have at least three years of experience in teaching American history; a deep career commitment to teaching American history; provide evidence of creativity and imagination in the classroom that addresses literacy and content beyond state standards; pay close attention to documents, artifacts, historic sites and other primary materials of history; and show evidence of thoughtful assessment of student achievement.
“This is a wonderful recognition for all the teachers in Summers County and a great honor for Stanley Duncan to be chosen,” said Minority Leader Donald Caruth, R-Mercer. “Stanley and all Summers County educators should be proud of this achievement.”
For more information, contact Regina Scotchie, social studies coordinator at the state Department of Education, at (304) 558-558-5325 or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.