CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Cynthia Allred, a teacher at Scott High School in Boone County, has been named the 2012 West Virginia History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America.
Allred, who has been an educator for 16 years, teaches 10th grade social studies, Advanced Placement U.S. history, Advanced Placement U.S. government and politics, and yearbook.
“Great teachers like Cynthia Allred take required coursework and turn it into a personal experience for their students," said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. "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 role history plays in their lives today.”
Allred will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be in the running for the National History Teacher of the Year award to be selected this fall. She also will be invited to a 2013 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar. Scott High School also will be named a Gilder Lehman Affiliate School and receive a core archive of history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
“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 2012 award honors middle and high school teachers of seventh through 12th 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; effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories, and other primary resources to engage students with American history.
From the state winners, one is recognized as the National History Teacher of the Year. The winner, together with the nominator and two of the winner’s students, will travel to the national recognition ceremony with expenses paid by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
For more information, contact the WVDE Office of Communication at (304) 558-2699.