Eaker named History Teacher of the Year

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JAMAICA — Local resident Keighan C Eaker, a teacher at Windsor School, has been named the 2020 Vermont History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a national organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.

Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US Territories. This fall, the National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of state winners.

Eaker received her bachelor's degree at Castleton State College in 2011, and in 2013 she completed a

master's degree in curriculum development and instruction from Castleton University. Eaker's passion for history, geography, and inquiry methods have been combined in her classroom as she creates a classroom atmosphere in which history is directly correlated to students' lives through undertaking research projects, analyzing community-based issues, and understanding national trends. When students leave her classroom they have not only learned valuable information, they have become engaged and informed citizens.

In addition to a $1,000 honorarium, Eaker's school will receive a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials and recognition at a ceremony in Vermont.

Nominations for the 2021 History Teacher of the Year awards are now open. Students, parents, colleagues, and supervisors may nominate K-12 teachers for the award by visiting gilderlehrman.org/nhtoy. The deadline for 2021 nominations is March 31, 2021.

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