Terry Healy, a gifted education teacher at Woodrow Wilson and Marlatt elementary schools, has been named the 2013 Kansas History Teacher of the Year. The award is cosponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on behalf of its Preserve America program.
Healy has worked in the Manhattan-Ogden school district as a gifted educator since 1989.
She has led students on numerous field trips, developed and ran a History Day Club, and organized the “Sleeping Heroes” project during which students researched, photographed and submitted information on over 130 Civil War soldiers’ graves of Riley County.
Healy will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be in the running to be named the 2013 National History Teacher of the Year this fall. The library of Woodrow Wilson Elementary and Marlatt Elementary will receive a core archive of history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and HISTORY. Healy will also be invited to a 2014 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar. Woodrow Wilson and Marlatt will be named Gilder Lehrman Affiliate Schools.
The 2013 award honors elementary school teachers of kindergarten through sixth grade. The selection of the state winner is based upon several criteria, including: at least three years of classroom experience in teaching American history; a demonstrated commitment to teaching American history (including state and local history); evidence of creativity and imagination in the classroom; effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories, and other primary resources to engage students with American history.
One will be recognized as the National History Teacher of the Year and honored in a fall ceremony.