Cimarron’s Shannon Shelton named Colorado History Teacher of the Year
PARKER – During a special assembly at Cimarron Middle School on Tuesday packed with eighth-grade students, you might have thought that teacher Shannon Shelton was a rock star.
The crowd of students and staff erupted with cheers as her name was announced as the 2014 Gilder Lehrman Colorado History Teacher of the Year.
Stephanie Hartman, the Social Studies Content Specialist for the Colorado Department of Education, made the announcement during an end-of-the-year “Be Red” assembly at the school on June 3.
“I’m here today to honor a very special teacher with a national award,” Hartman said. “This particular teacher is being recognized for her amazing dedication to her students.”
Shelton has been teaching at Cimarron Middle School in Parker for six years. Shannon’s excellence in teaching is clearly demonstrated through her dedication to students and the community. In 2010, Shannon started an annual student-led Veteran’s Day assembly at the middle school. This celebration honors veterans in the community in front of over a thousand community members.
Shelton, a Castle Rock resident, 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. Cimarron’s library will receive a core archive of history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and HISTORY. Shelton will also be invited to a 2015 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar and Cimarron Middle School will be named a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School.
“This award gives us the chance to recognize great history teachers across the country,” said Lesley S. Herrmann, Executive Director of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. “It puts exceptional educators front and center.”
About the Gilder Lehrman Award
Inaugurated in 2004, the National History Teacher of the Year Award promotes and celebrates the teaching of American history in classrooms across the United States. The award honors one exceptional K-12 teacher of American history from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US Territories.
The 2014 award honors secondary school teachers of seventh through twelfth 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.
From the state winners, one is recognized as the National History Teacher of the Year and will be honored in a fall ceremony. The winner, together with the nominator and two of the winner’s students, will travel to the national recognition ceremony with expenses paid by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features the 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection, www.gilderlehrman.org. Each year the Institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers, and through them enhances the education of more than a million students. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.
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