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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 ( to learn more.

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2012 History Teacher of the Year - Monte DeArmoun

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.










2012 History Teacher of the Year Finalists

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.


Past Honorees

Year Name School City
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


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 13, 2016 at 1:22am.