The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has announced Jill Szymanski as the winner of the 2013 National History Teacher of the Year. The award recognizes K–12 history educators in American History who demonstrate exceptional teaching ability, and carries a $10,000 prize. Jill Szymanski is a middle school teacher at Red Clay Consolidated School District in Wilmington, Delaware.
Szymanski holds a master’s of education, curriculum, and instruction from the University of Delaware. She has co-authored signature lesson plans for the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware and serves as its district lead teacher. She also serves on Red Clay Consolidated School District’s Social Studies Curriculum Council and leads professional development history workshops for her colleagues.
Know of an outstanding K–12 American history teacher? The deadline for the 2014 nominations is February 1, 2014. For more information about this year’s winner, or to nominate a teacher for next year’s prize, please visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s National History Teacher page.