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Hicks among nominees for National History Day teacher of the Year 

A Hernando High School teacher is among 47 National History Day (NHD) Affiliate instructors who have been nominated for a national honor. 

Margaret Hicks teaches history, humanities, local culture, and AP psychology at Hernando, according to her page on the school website. Hicks has been nominated for the  Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award. The award is sponsored by Patricia Behring in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of students. 

According to the National History Day website, each nominee for the $10,000 award is a teacher “who demonstrates a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through the innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest. All nominees will receive $500.”

“This award recognizes the very best educators from across the nation and beyond,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “These educators are leaders and innovators in the teaching of history. They engage their students with hands-on, inquiry-based learning with primary sources. I congratulate them on their well-deserved nominations.” 

NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history.

The national winner will be selected by a committee of experienced teachers and historians and announced on Thursday, June 15 at the National History Day National Contest Awards Ceremony. Nominees’ work must clearly illustrate the development and use of creative teaching methods that engage students in history and help them make exciting discoveries about the past.

Learn more about National History Day here

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