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Dr. Michele Mar Named 2018 Florida History Teacher of the Year

Dr. Michele Mar Named 2018 Florida History Teacher of the Year

Miami, June 25, 2018 - Miami, Florida, June 25, 2018: Dr. Michele Mar, a teacher at School for Advanced Studies (SAS) North Campus has been named the 2018 Florida History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.

Dr. Michele Mar teaches Advanced Placement U.S. History at SAS North Campus and has done so for the past six years. Her students have excelled on the Advanced Placement exams where they have far exceeded the county, state, and national performance scores. Every summer, Dr. Mar participates in enrichment activities and historical site visits around the country and shares those experiences with her students. She holds a M.S. in Social Studies Education as well as a M.S. In TESOL, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.

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. In fall 2018, the National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of state winners.

In addition to a $1,000 honorarium and an award ceremony that will be held in the fall, Dr. Mar’s school library will receive a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials. Dr. Mar will also receive an invitation to a 2019 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.

The National History Teacher of the Year award will be presented by Professor Edward Ayers at a ceremony in New York City on October 10, 2018. Past presenters at the ceremony include the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, First Lady Laura Bush, former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

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. Drawing on the 65,000 documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and an extensive network of eminent historians, the Institute provides teachers, students, and the general public with direct access to unique primary source materials. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.




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