Lakeside Upper School history teacher Mary Anne Christy has been named 2018 Washington History Teacher of the Year for her "outstanding work and dedication" in American history education. The annual prize is presented by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation's leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.
"I am thrilled to be honored by Gilder Lehrman for this award," said Christy. "The work they have done supporting and providing American history scholarship to teachers is amazing and I'm amazed to be recognized by such a prestigious organization.
"Lakeside has provided such a great atmosphere for teaching history. I have been so lucky to work in a school like Lakeside, that honors teachers by giving them the flexibility to implement new teaching strategies and supports us in becoming ever better at teaching and supporting our students."
Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US Territories. In fall 2018, the National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of state winners.
Christy receives a $1,000 award, an archive of American history books and historical resources for Lakeside, and an invitation to attend a weeklong seminar that includes discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites, and hands-on work with primary sources. As a state winner, Christy also will be in the running for the $10,000 National History Teacher of the Year Award.
Christy, who has a bachelor's degree with honors in history and an MBA, both from Yale, began at Lakeside in 2011. She teaches U.S. history, American Studies, World History, and three electives, "Freedom, Crime and Law," "Ancient Mediterranean World History," and "History of Capitalism."