Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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History Teacher of the Year Award

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America created a national award to honor outstanding  teachers of American History in 2004. The National History Teacher of the Year award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. A winner from every state, in addition to a national winner, is chosen from among both generalist and specialist teacher nominees.

State winners of the History Teacher of the Year award receive: a $1,000 prize, a certificate of recognition, an exclusive invitation to a 2019 Teacher Seminar, an archive of materials for their classroom, and a ceremony in their honor held in their state.  In addition, the National History Teacher of the Year awardee receives: a $10,000 prize and a ceremony in their honor held in New York City. Each winner’s school becomes a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School. 

The deadline for nominations is the end of March, and the deadline for nominees to submit supporting materials is the end of April each year. Specific deadlines, eligibility requirements, and supporting materials are available under Related Files.  

More information on the award is available at    

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, founded in 1994, promotes the study and love of American history.  Increasingly national and international in scope, the Institute’s programs and initiatives serve audiences ranging from students and scholars to the general public.  Preserve America was a White House initiative that encouraged and supported community efforts to preserve America’s historic, cultural, and natural heritage.  

Learn more about recent Arkansas History Teachers of the Year:

Neil Oatsvall Named 2020 Arkansas History Teacher of the Year
Jessica Brown Named 2019 Arkansas History Teacher of the Year

For more information, please contact:

Melissa StarkeySocial Studies Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 303-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-6584

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