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Iowa history teacher receives prestigious international award

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
Suzan Turner (left) of Nashua poses for a photo with National History Day Executive Director Cathy Gorn, while they were in Brussels, Belgium, last year. They were traveling with other National History Day teachers during a 2019 trip to Europe.

Suzan Turner (left) of Nashua poses for a photo with National History Day Executive Director Cathy Gorn, while they were in Brussels, Belgium, last year. They were traveling with other National History Day teachers during a 2019 trip to Europe.

Suzan Turner, a history teacher at Nashua-Plainfield High School in Nashua, has been awarded the Teacher of the Year Award of the National History Day Contest.

Turner, who has taught in the district for 16 years, was selected from among 58 teachers nominated by each state and affiliate competing in this international program that involves 600,000 students each year. Turner's honor, which includes $10,000, was announced at the National History Day awards virtual ceremony.

“Our Nashua-Plainfield students have a long tradition of excellence at the local, state and national level of National History Day,” said Nashua-Plainfield Superintendent Keith Turner. “It truly is incredible what students from a small rural school have accomplished in this arena and that is a testament to Turner’s leadership.”

The award is sponsored by Patricia Behring, widow of the late Kenneth E. Behring, who previously sponsored the National History Day National Contest for many years.

The National History Day organization is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Md., which seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on July 12, 2020 at 4:02am.