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Meridian High School Teacher Steven Lawrence Named Washington’s 2012 History Teacher of the Year

OLYMPIA — June 6, 2012 — Steven Lawrence, a teacher at Meridian High School in Bellingham, has been named the 2012 Washington History Teacher of the Year. The award is co-sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY® and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on behalf of its Preserve America program.

Lawrence began teaching at Meridian High School in 1994. He teaches U.S. History & Government, AP U.S. Government, Current Issues, Law & Society and Comparative Religion. He serves as the chair of the Social Studies Department and is on the district Social Studies Curriculum team. He also coaches the school’s Mock Trial and girls’ golf teams, is the advisor for the Teen Court club and is the president of the Meridian Education Association.

“This award gives us the chance to recognize the great work history teachers are doing across Washington,” said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. “As a dedicated teacher inside and outside the classroom, Steve is preparing our state’s next generation of citizen leaders.”

Lawrence will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be in the running to be named the 2012 National History Teacher of the Year this fall. Meridian High School’s library will receive a core archive of history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and HISTORY®. Lawrence will also be invited to a 2013 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar and Meridian High School will be named a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School.

The 2012 award honors middle and high school teachers of seventh through twelfth grade. The selection of the state winner is based upon several criteria that engage students in American history, 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; and
  • effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories and other primary resources.

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.

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