Jane Williams, a 5th grade Social Studies teacher at Centennial Elementary, has been named one of ten finalists for the 2018 National History Teacher of the Year Award.
The award is presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American History education.
Williams has also won the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Elementary, the Oklahoma Social Studies Teacher of the Year for Elementary, and the Centennial Elementary Teacher of the Year.
One reason Jane said she loves to teach American History to fifth graders is because of the students’ attitudes toward learning.
“Students are still young enough to want to please their teacher but old enough to work independently, have lively discussions, and work with their peers with understanding of many topics.”
James G. Basker, President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, said the Institute is thrilled to recognize dedicated educators who inspire classrooms across the country.
“The very best history teachers transform textbooks and primary sources into gateways to our country’s past, engaging students and prompting critical thinking about the events and facts that define our nation,” he said.
The National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of 10 finalists in October. The winner of the award receives a $10,000 prize.