NEW YORK, New York, (WXOW) - Julie Welch, a teacher at North Woods International School in La Crosse, has been named the 2013 Wisconsin History Teacher of the Year. The award is co-sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY® and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on behalf of its Preserve America program.
Welch has been teaching at North Woods International School for twenty years. She has developed a curriculum on Hmong immigration through primary source family interviews that is used across the School District of La Crosse, and has researched, organized, and facilitated an archaeology dig for students in association with the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at the University of Wicsconsin-La Crosse. She is very involved in promoting international education in Wisconsin and has presented numerous times on her experiences as an elementary teacher. Welch uses a variety of research-based teaching strategies to provide an engaging and positive learning environment for her students.
Welch, a West Salem resident, will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be in the running to be named the 2013 National History Teacher of the Year this fall. North Woods International School's library will receive a core archive of history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and HISTORY®. Welch will also be invited to a 2014 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar and North Woods International School will be named a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School. 2
"This award gives us the chance to recognize great history teachers across the country," said Lesley S. Herrmann, Executive Director of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. "It puts exceptional educators front and center."
Inaugurated in 2004, the National History Teacher of the Year Award promotes and celebrates the teaching of American history in classrooms across the United States. The award honors one exceptional K-12 teacher of American history from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US Territories.
The 2013 award honors elementary school teachers of kindergarten through sixth grade. The selection of the state winner is based upon several criteria, including: at least three years of classroom experience in teaching American history; a demonstrated commitment to teaching American history (including state and local history); evidence of creativity and imagination in the classroom; effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories, and other primary resources to engage students with American history.
From the state winners, one is recognized as the National History Teacher of the Year and will be honored in a fall ceremony. The winner, together with the nominator and two of the winner's students, will travel to the national recognition ceremony with expenses paid by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Nominations are open year round for grades K–12
Nominations can be made by a student, parent, colleague, supervisor, or other administrator familiar with the teacher's work. To be considered for the 2014 award, elementary teachers must be nominated by February 1, 2014. For more information about the nomination process, visit www.gilderlehrman.org/nhtoy.
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