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Seventh Annual Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year Award Won by DC Teacher

Wed, 07/18/2012

For Immediate Release
July 18, 2012

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Seventh Annual Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year Award Won by DC Teacher


MOUNT VERNON, VA. – The seventh annual Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year award was given to Brian Rohal, a social studies teacher at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, D.C. Rohal was awarded $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid field trip to Mount Vernon for his students at Thurgood Marshall Academy. The award, supported by an endowment established by the Robertson Foundation, honors excellence in history education.  Any teacher in the Washington, D.C., area who teaches American History in grades 3-12, and who has at least two years of teaching experience, is eligible to apply.

“Brian Rohal was the unanimous choice of our selection committee who felt that his teaching exemplifies dedication, creativity, and character,” said Nancy Hayward, acting vice president for education at Mount Vernon.

Rohal is the first teacher from the Washington, D.C. to win the Mount Vernon’s History Teacher of the Year award.  His students account for approximately one third of all African-American students in the district’s public schools who have passed the AP US History exam. Rohal is a graduate of Duke University Law School, practicing law before moving in to the education field. In his first annual address to Congress in 1790, George Washington stated: “Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.” In his will, he left money for a number of schools and outlined his hopes for a national university.


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