Mary Gunsalus '76, a teacher at Landstown Middle School in Virginia Beach, has
been named Virginia History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of
American History and Preserve America. She received a $1,000 honorarium and a core
archive of history books and materials was donated to her school library.
Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award is designed to promote
and celebrate the teaching of American history in classrooms across the United States.
It honors one exceptional K-12 teacher of American history from each state and U.S.
territory. The selection of the state winner is based upon several criteria,
including experience in teaching American history for at least three years; a deep
career commitment to teaching American history; evidence of creativity and imagination
in the classroom; and close attention to documents, artifacts, historic sites, and
the other primary materials of history.
"This award gives us the chance to recognize great history teachers across the
country," said Lesley Herrmann, executive director of the Gilder Lehrman Institute
of American History. "It puts exceptional educators front and center."
A history major at St. Lawrence, Gunsalus was also elected to the University's
chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the national academic honor society.
Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History "promotes the study
and love of American history" by creating history-centered schools and academic
research centers; organizing seminars and enrichment programs for educators;
working with school districts to implement Teaching American History grants;
producing print and electronic publications and traveling exhibitions; and
sponsoring lectures by eminent historians. The Institute also funds awards
including the Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and George Washington Book Prizes and
offers fellowships for scholars to work in history archives, including the Gilder
Lehrman Collection, which includes more than 60,000 American historical documents.
For more information, visit
the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's Web site
Posted: December 7, 2005