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Teacher of the Year Award

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History State History Teacher of the Year award is a prestigious recognition bestowed upon outstanding history teachers across the United States. Established by the Gilder Lehrman Institute, a renowned organization dedicated to promoting the study and understanding of American history, this award celebrates educators who have demonstrated exceptional skills in teaching and inspiring students with a passion for American history. The recipient of this esteemed accolade exhibits a deep knowledge of the subject matter, innovative teaching methods, and a commitment to fostering critical thinking and historical literacy among their students. The State History Teacher of the Year award serves as a testament to the recipient’s invaluable contributions in shaping the next generation’s understanding of America’s rich and complex past.
Since 2004, 960 exemplary American history teachers from elementary, middle, and high schools in all fifty states, Department of Defense schools, Washington DC, and US territories have been named State History Teacher of the Year. Below are the Tennessee State History Teacher of the Year recipients: