The winner of the Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year will receive a $5,000 cash award, as well as an all-expense paid trip to George Washington's Mount Vernon for up to 100 students and 10 chaperones (inclusive of bus transportation, tickets to the Estate, and lunch vouchers).
The Mount Vernon Teacher of the Year runner-up will receive tickets to George Washington's Mount Vernon for up to 50 students and 5 chaperones.
Teachers may submit a self-nomination or be nominated by a colleague.
- Online Nomination: Nominations must be submitted using our online nomination form. A resume, essay, letters of support, and educational materials must be uploaded via the online system. Nominations do not have to be completed in one sitting.
- Resume: A two page (maximum) resume that includes teaching grants or honors, curriculum materials created, and educational initiatives or programs with which the teacher has been involved.
For self-nominations, please provide a two-page (maximum) essay describing how you address the award criteria in your classroom, as well as your teaching philosophy and goals.
For nominations made by a colleague, please provide a two-page (maximum) essay describing how the nominated teacher addresses the award criteria in his or her classroom and why you believe he or she is deserving of this honor.
- Letters of Support: A letter of support from the teacher’s school principal or county superintendent attesting to the nominee's skill as a history teacher, as well as a letter of support from a colleague or department chair are required.
- Educational Materials: Sample educational materials used in the classroom that highlight the use of primary sources such as documents and/or material culture.
Meet the 2017 Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year
Gretchen Snyder is a history teacher at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia. She also serves as the Social Studies Department Chair and National History Day Coordinator for her school. Gretchen has developed numerous inquiry-based curriculum materials based on the National Council for Social Studies C3 Frameworks for Fairfax County Public Schools.
Of her work, she says, “I strive not only to meet the demands of educating a wide variety of students, but to do so in a way that inspires life-long learning and passion for the study of history. As I firmly believe that all students deserve to be engaged, challenged and appropriately supported in the classroom, I am continuously looking for ways to better meet the needs of all students.”
2017 Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year Runner-Up
Lindsey Fisher, a history teacher at McLean High School in McLean, Virginia was selected as the 2017 runner-up.
Read the Press Release