Scecina Memorial High School's Andrew Smith has been named the 2017 Indiana History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.
Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts degree in American History from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., with a triple minor in Education, Russian Studies and Religious Studies. He received his Master of Arts in American History from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. He has taught at Scecina since 2012.
“My hope is that through my teaching of analytical skills, any student, college bound or not, will be able to successfully analyze a given situation and make connections to past events that may guide them through a given problem,” he wrote in his application. Given the current social and political climate, he believes it is of the utmost importance that students are able to take information, weigh it on its merit and make informed decisions.
Besides being an excellent classroom teacher, Smith is the moderator for the robotics, chess and debate clubs, as well as the Scecina chapter of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. He also has organized and led overseas educational tours for Scecina students. This year, he escorted Scecina students on a tour of Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London.
The History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S .Territories. In fall 2017, the National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of state winners.
Mr. Smith will receive a $1,000 honorarium at an award ceremony in Indiana. Scecina’s library will receive a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials. Mr. Smith will be invited to a 2018 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a weeklong program that offers teachers daily discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites, and hands-on work with primary sources.
Posted on Fri, June 23, 2017
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