Davidson named History Teacher of the Year

Donna Davidson, a high school teacher at Center-Stanton Public School, has been named the 2018 North Dakota History Teacher of the Year, according to a press release. The award is sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The North Dakota History Teacher of the Year Award is coordinated by Neil Howe, North Dakota Studies program coordinator at the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Davidson received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Jamestown in 2002. Her passion for history is exhibited in the classroom each day. According to Davidson, “As a teacher, I have so much to learn to come close to my own ideals of what a great teacher should be because in the end, I don’t really teach history at all. I teach students, and what matters most is reaching these students with the stories of our past in order to empower them to shape our future.”

Davidson will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the Center-Stanton Public School library will receive a core archive of history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. She will also receive an invitation to a 2019 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a weeklong program which offers teachers daily discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites, and hands-on work with primary sources.

A “National History Teacher of the Year” will be selected from the list of state winners and honored at a ceremony in New York City.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a New York-based national nonprofit devoted to the teaching and learning of American history.