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Area teachers nominated for the Harris History Teacher Award

Suzette Cyr of Black River H.S.-M.S. in Ludlow and Keith Harrington of Poultney H.S. were recently nominated for the nationwide Harris History Teacher Award by the Vermont Historical Society, administrator of the National History Day program in Vermont. The Harris History Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by James F. Harris. The two national winners will be announced on #NationalHistoryDay, June 14, 2018.

Each of the 57 National History Day affiliates may nominate one middle and one high school teacher. The two $5,000 awards are presented to teachers who demonstrate a commitment to engaging students in history learning through innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest.

“Teachers are one of the greatest resources children have to develop the skills necessary to be successful in both college and their careers,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “The nominees for the Harris History Teacher Award have shown a dedication to teaching that goes beyond the classroom. I congratulate Ms. Cyr and Mr. Harrington on their nominations.”

Dr. James F. Harris sponsors the awards in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of students.

The two national winners will be chosen by a team of teachers and historians. Nominees’ work must clearly illustrate the development and use of creative teaching methods that interest students in history and help them make exciting discoveries about the past.

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