The Iowa Department of Education co-sponsors the “History Teacher of the Year” award for K-12 teachers who have at least three years of classroom teaching experience and can demonstrate a commitment to the teaching of American history in creative ways. Candidates may be nominated by friends, family, students, or colleagues. The winner of the state award receives a prize package including a certificate of recognition, a $1,000 award, a collection of classroom resources to be presented in their name to the school library, and an invitation to participate in a Gilder Lehrman Institute summer seminar. From the state winners, one is recognized as the National History Teacher of the Year.
The award is co-sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY® (History Channel) and Preserve America.
Visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History website (http://www.gilderlehrman.org/education/htoy_overview.php) to learn more.
Monte DeArmoun is a grades 7-12 social studies teacher at Northwood-Kensett Junior-Senior High School at Northwood. He has been a teacher for 18 years. Monte has a bachelor of arts in political science and history from Iowa State University and a master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa.
Left to Right: Director Jason Glass, Winner Monte DeArmoun, Finalist Amber Davison
- Amber Davison is a US and World History teacher at Hoover High School in Des Moines. She has been a teacher for seven years. Amber has a bachelor of arts in social work and history from Wartburg College and a master’s degree from Drake University.
|2012||Monte DeArmoun||Northwood-Kensett Junior-Senior High School||Northwood|
|2011||Lisa Zylstra||Jefferson Intermediate School||Pella|
|2010||Brian Connick||Algona Community High School||Algona|
|2009||Donna Wynn||Clark Elementary School||Sioux City|
|2008||Gina Hanna||Prairie Central Springs Middle School||Nora Springs|
|2007||Kimberly Heckart||Prairie Ridge Elementary School||Cedar Rapids|
|2006||Nancy J. Daley||St. Patrick Elementary School||Waukon|
|2005||Ron VanStrien||Southeast Warren High School||Liberty Center|
|2004||James Daniel||Valley High School||West Des Moines|