Do you know an outstanding teacher of American history? Nominations are now being accepted for the Ohio History Teacher of the Year Award. The award is open to teachers of all grade levels, kindergarten to 12th grade. Candidates who teach American history, either as its own course or as a component of their teaching assignment, are eligible. Teachers of state and local history are also eligible.

To nominate a teacher, please visit the National History Teacher of the Year website. Nominations may be made by principals, colleagues, school district officials, parents, friends, students, or colleagues. Nominees will be notified of their candidacy shortly after February 1st of the year in which they are eligible. The candidate will be given instructions about the submission of supporting materials at that time.

A panel of judges, which includes university history faculty, past Ohio History Teacher of the Year winners, and veteran history educators, will select a winner from among the nominees. The winning teacher will receive a $1000 cash prize, a selection of historical reference materials for the winner’s school library, and the opportunity to participate in a Gilder Lehrman summer seminar.  The Ohio winner will then be considered for the National History Teacher of the Year award.

The National History Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Past Ohio History Teachers of the Year

2020 – Mona Al-Hayani, Toledo Early College High School, Toledo

2019 – Joseph Boyle, Morrison R. Waite High School, Toledo

2018Angus McDougall, Crestwood High School, Mantua

2017Sara Ziemnik, Rocky River High School, Rocky River*

2016Justin Emrich, Olentangy Berkshire Middle School, Galena

2014Melanie Stuthard, Revere Middle School, Bath

2013Beth Kelly, Paulding Elementary School, Paulding

2012Joseph Foster, Waynesfield-Goshen High School, Waynesfield

2011Diane Runyon, Edison Intermediate School, Grandview Heights

2010 – Paul LaRue, Washington High School, Washington Court House

2009 – Loraine K. Dorn, Harry Russell Elementary School, West Carrollton

2007Sharon E. Ricklic, York Elementary School, New Philadelphia

2006 – George Grampp, Lehman Catholic High School, Sidney

2005 – Joseph R. Bellas, Tippecanoe High School, Tipp City

2004 – Linda Darus Clark, Padua Franciscan High School, Parma

*Named National History Teacher of the Year