LTS teacher nominated for national honor

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tess Kahn, a teacher at Long Trail School in Dorset, has been nominated for a prestigious national teaching award.

Kahn was honored with the Hannah E. MacGregor Teacher of the Year History Teacher Award for Vermont.

Each of the 57 National History Day affiliates may nominate one middle and one high school teacher for the award.

Kahn is the senior division nominee from Vermont. Two $5,000 awards are presented to teachers who demonstrate a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest.

"Teachers are one of the greatest resources children have to develop the skills necessary to become critical thinkers," said Cathy Gorn, executive director of National History Day. "The nominees for the MacGregor Award have shown a dedication to teaching that goes beyond the classroom. I congratulate Mrs. Kahn on her nomination."

The MacGregor Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by James F. Harris in honor of his sister and is awarded to one middle and one high school teacher annually. Harris sponsors the awards in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of students.

The national winners will be announced on National History Day on June 13.

The two national winners will be chosen by a team of teachers and historians. Nominees' work must clearly illustrate the development and use of creative teaching methods that interest students in history and help them make exciting

discoveries about the past.

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