For Immediate Release
April 28, 2006
Nominations sought for Illinois History Teacher of the
Deadline for nominations set for May
Springfield – Nominations are being sought for
the annual Illinois History Teacher of the Year Award.
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.
The state winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium and
will be in the running for the National History Teacher
of the Year award to be selected this fall. His or her
school library will receive a core archive of history
books and materials.
The deadline is May 15, 2006. For more information, contact
John Craig, Illinois Coordinator, at (217) 782- 4823 or
The 2005 Illinois History Teacher of the Year was Kristy
Lynn Caywood of A. Vito Martinez Middle School in Romeoville.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership
with Preserve America, inaugurated the award in 2004.
Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American
History promotes the study and love of American history.
Increasingly national and international in scope, the
Institute targets audiences ranging from students to scholars
to the general public. It creates history-centered schools
and academic research centers, organizes seminars and
enrichment programs for educators, partners with school
districts to implement Teaching American History grants,
produces print and electronic publications and traveling
exhibitions, and sponsors 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.
Preserve America is a White House initiative that encourages
greater shared knowledge about the nation’s past
and increased local participation in preserving the country’s
cultural and natural heritage assets.