Kentucky’s 2017 History Teacher of the Year is Jennifer Faith of Eastside Middle School.
“To be honest, I had put this award out of my mind because my application was submitted back in March,” she said. “I didn’t think that I had a chance but I was thankful for the acknowledgement. When I reviewed the email stating that I won, I was stunned and I am still in shock!”
Faith appreciates the confidence of her principal, Troy Wood, who initiated the process which culminated in the award.
“When Mr. Wood nominated me for this award, I felt honored,” she said. “To have someone who works with you on a daily basis believe that you are qualified enough to apply for such an award was an incredible feeling.”
Her application focused on teaching and areas in which she can grow.
“One of the main areas of focus is in the use of primary sources,” Faith noted still reeling from the impact of the accolade.
“This is such an unbelievable honor. I love my job, I love learning about and teaching history. To receive an award specific to the field of study that I enjoy so much makes me feel overjoyed.”
A panel of teachers, administrators, and scholars selected Faith for her achievements in American history education. The award is presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.
As the 2017 Kentucky History Teacher of the Year, Faith will receive:
? A $1,000 award
? A Certificate of Recognition
? A core archive of American history books, historical resources and Gilder Lehrman educational materials for Eastside’s library
? An invitation to attend a 2018 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a weeklong program that offers teachers daily discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites, and hands-on work with primary sources
? Recognition at the Bullitt County Board of Education meeting as well as a state ceremony
Faith, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Master of Arts in Teacher Middle School Science and Social Studies from the University of Louisville, now becomes one of 53 finalists for the $10,000 National History Teacher of the Year Award which will be announced in the fall.
Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US Territories.
Founded in 1994 by philanthropists Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.