CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Yvonne Martin, a teacher at Montrose Elementary in Kanawha County, has been named the 2013 History Teacher of the Year for West Virginia. The award is co-sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY® and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on behalf of its Preserve America program.
Martin, a St. Albans resident, will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be in the running to be named the 2013 National History Teacher of the Year this fall. Montrose Elementary School’s library will receive a core archive of history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and HISTORY®. Martin will also be invited to a 2014 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar and Montrose Elementary will be named a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School.
“This award gives us the chance to recognize great history teachers across the country,” said Lesley S. Herrmann, executive director of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. “It puts exceptional educators front and center.”
Inaugurated in 2004, the National History Teacher of the Year Award promotes and celebrates the teaching of American history in classrooms across the United States. The award honors one exceptional K-12 teacher of American history from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US Territories.
The 2013 award honors elementary school teachers of kindergarten through sixth grade. The selection of the state winner is based upon several criteria, including: at least three years of classroom experience in teaching American history; a demonstrated commitment to teaching American history (including state and local history); evidence of creativity and imagination in the classroom; and, effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories, and other primary resources to engage students with American history.
For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699.