The National History Teacher of the Year is chosen from outstanding history teachers in each state, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and DOD schools. The award is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Nominations for the National History Teacher of the Year can be made by a student, colleague, principal or school administrator familiar with the teacher’s work. State winners are awarded $1,000 and each winning school receives an archive of books and other resources.
To nominate a teacher or to learn more about the award, visit . If you have questions, you may also contact National History Teacher of the Year coordinator at or 646-366-9666, x28. You may also contact North Dakota’s state coordinator, Neil Howe, at or 701-205-7802.
Donna Davidson, a teacher at the Center-Stanton Public School, has been named the 2018 North Dakota History Teacher of the Year.
Davidson’s passion for history is exhibited in the classroom each day. According to Davidson, “As a teacher, I have so much to learn to come close to my own ideals of what a great teacher should be because in the end, I don’t really teach history at all. I teach students, and what matters most is reaching these students with the stories of our past in order to empower them to shape our future.”
North Dakota History Teacher of the Year Recipients
|2017||Sarah Crossingham||Wishek Public School, Wishek|
|2016||Kelli Issacson||LaMoure Public School, LaMoure|
|2015||Ellen Ista||Kindred Elementary School, Kindred|
|2014||Colin Kloster||Fargo North High School, Fargo|
|2013||Debra Forward||Dorothy Moses Elementary School, Bismarck|
|2012||Kari Hall||Williston High School|
|2011||Janice Harildstad||Carrington Elementary School|
|2009||Brent Jiran||Schroeder Middle School, Grand Forks|
|2008||Keith Thompson||A.L. Hagan Middle School, Dickinson|
|2007||Renae Weisenburger||West Elementary School, Grand Forks|
|2006||Carl Oberholzer||Fargo North High School|
|2005||William Landry||Grand Forks Central High School|
|2004||Jeffrey Stotts||Devils Lake High School|