Joel Schaefer named the Kansas History Teacher of the Year

Andover High School teacher Joel Schaefer has been named the Kansas History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Schaefer teaches advanced placement U.S. history, U.S. history, comparative world religions and modern and ancient world history classes.
The criteria for being eligible for this award according to the Gilder Lehrman Institute is as follows:
At least three years of classroom teaching experience.
A demonstrated commitment to teaching American 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.
Schaefer stated, “I work with so many passionate and dedicated teachers so to be singled out is both gratifying but incredibly humbling.
“History is a discipline that is increasingly being pushed to the side in public education and I consider it my mission to my students to show them how necessary an understanding of the past is in order to grapple with the myriad of issues facing our nation today and what it means to be a citizen in a democractic society.”
As the 2014 Kansas History Teacher of the Year, Schaefer will receive a $1,000 award, a certificate of recognition, an archive of books and historical resources presented in his name to the school library, and an invitation to attend a 2015 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar.  He will be recognized at a ceremony within Kansas and be a finalist for the $10,000 National History Teacher of the Year Award.   The winner of the national competition will be announced in the early fall.