The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Announces 2011 State History Teachers of the Year

New York, NY (June 3, 2011)—The Gilder Lehrman Institute has announced fifty teachers as recipients of the 2011 State History Teachers of the Year. The award is co-sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Preserve America, and HISTORY™ and recognizes outstanding teachers of American history across the country. Each teacher will receive an award of $1,000 at a local ceremony, and an archive of books and other resources presented in their honor to their school.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History conducts the National History Teacher of the Year Award as part of its larger effort to promote the study and love of American history. Winners are selected in each of the fifty states, as well as Washington, DC, Department of Defense Schools, and US Territories.

“Teachers are the lifeblood of our education system,” says James Basker, president of the Gilder Lehrman Institute, “and they deserve every honor we can bestow upon them.”

From among these state winners, a national honoree will be recognized as the National History Teacher of the Year and receive an award of $10,000. In 2010, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor presented the award to Nathan McAlister, a teacher at Royal Valley Middle School in Mayetta, Kansas, at a national ceremony at the School Without Walls in Washington, DC.

2011 History Teachers of the Year

Anita Schaffer of Columbia Elementary School in Madison, Alabama
Mary Lee Tung of Sand Lake Elementary in Anchorage, Alaska
Kathryn Bauer of Patterson Elementary School in Mesa, Arizona
Lisa Lacefield of Nettleton Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas
Jed Larsen of Ethel I. Baker Elementary in Sacramento, California
Mark Wilensky of Stevens Elementary School in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Michael Currier of Dr. James H. Naylor School in Hartford, Connecticut
Melisa Stilwell of Townsend Elementary School in Townsend, Delaware
Lisa Jensen of Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, District of Columbia
Andrew Samuelson of MetroWest Elementary School in Orlando, Florida
Elizabeth Kennedy of Big Shanty Elementary School in Kennesaw, Georgia
Lori Kidani of Mokapu Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii
Don Jolly of Our Saviour School in Jacksonville, Illinois
Mary Nine of Edgewood Intermediate School in Indianapolis, Indiana
Lisa Zylstra of Jefferson Intermediate School in Pella, Iowa
Amanda Jessee of Westwood View Elementary School in Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Donnie Wilkerson, Jamestown Elementary School, Jamestown, Kentucky
Stacy Erwin of Eden Gardens Magnet School in Shreveport, Louisiana
Jayne Perkins of Eric L. Knowlton School in Berwick, Maine
Danielle Taylor of Church Creek Elementary School in Belcamp, Maryland
Jessica Kodys of Stacy Middle School in Milford, Massachusetts
Katherine Hribar of Westwood Elementary School in Warren, Michigan
Diane Munson of Red Rock Elementary School in Woodbury, Minnesota
Jill Lipski of Reeves Elementary School in Long Beach, Mississippi
Sarah Showalter of Gratz Brown Elementary School in Moberly, Missouri
Evelyn Ybarra of Irving Elementary School in Bozeman, Montana
Pamela Bornemeier of Cavett Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska
Heather Rampton of Elaine Wynn Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada
Bruce Freeberg of Crossroads Academy in Lyme, New Hampshire
Leslie Russell of Martin Luther King Intermediate School in Piscataway, New Jersey
Georgia Babb of Puesta del Sol Elementary in Rio Rancho, New Mexico
I-Huei Go of Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, New York
Julia DeLaney of Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina
Janice Harildstad of Carrington Elementary School in Carrington, North Dakota
Diane Runyon of Edison Intermediate Middle School in Grandview Heights, Ohio
Deji Dugger of Fairview Elementary School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Karen Olsen of McCornack Elementary School in Eugene, Oregon
Ryan Stephens of Pocopson Elementary School in West Chester, Pennsylvania
Carol Glanville of Colt Andrews Elementary School in Bristol, Rhode Island
Margaret Bounds of Burgess Elementary School in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Amber Stout of Jefferson Elementary School in Pierre, South Dakota
Tracy Foxx of Lockeland Design Center in Nashville, Tennessee
Tim Bryant of Windsor Elementary School in Amarillo, Texas
Janice Rolan of Oakridge Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah
Frank Kelley of Chester-Andover Elementary School in Chester, Vermont
Stacy Hoeflich of John Adams Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia
Karen Morley-Smith of Sunset Elementary School in Vancouver, Washington
Susan Long of Union Elementary School in Buckhannon, West Virginia
Terry Kaldhusdal of Magee Elementary School in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin
Joan James of UW Lab School in Laramie, Wyoming
Pamela Anthony of Seoul American Elementary School in Seoul (Department of Defense Education Activity)

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting the study and love of American history through a wide range of programs and resources for students, teachers, scholars, and history enthusiasts throughout the nation. Gilder Lehrman creates and works closely with history-focused schools through its Affiliate School Program; organizes teacher seminars and development programs; produces print and digital publications and traveling exhibitions; hosts lectures by eminent historians; administers a History Teacher of the Year Award in every state and US territory; and offers national book prizes. The Gilder Lehrman website,, serves as a gateway to American history online with rich resources for educators designed specifically for K–12 teachers and students.


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