National History Day Selects Lexington Teacher as a Behring Teacher Ambassador
Raleigh, N.C. -- Ashley Coons, a teacher at Oak Grove Middle School in Lexington, is among 23 teachers selected to be a prestigious Behring Teacher Ambassador for National History Day© during the 2016-2017 school year.
Recipients must show outstanding creativity, commitment and inspiration in developing students' interest in history education. Candidates must be excellent classroom teachers who are past winners of the Behring Teacher Award in their state or affiliate program. Coons, in 2012, was awarded the North Carolina Behring Teacher Award for classroom excellence in National History Day's Junior Division.
"We are so fortunate to have outstanding teachers like Angela Coons in North Carolina," observes Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. "Her enthusiasm and creativity feed the spark of imagination that enable students to bring history to life."
The 2016-17 National History Day theme is "Taking a Stand in History." Throughout the school year, Behring Teacher Ambassadors work with students and teachers around the country to help them better understand the theme and to expand National History Day programs in their regions. Behring Teacher Ambassadors attend a training workshop in July and collaborate with their program's affiliate coordinator to develop an annual strategy to help students discover the power of history.
"National History Day believes teachers are the best resource a student has, and Ms. Coons exemplifies what it means to be an excellent educator," says National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. "All of these teachers are a credit to their discipline and a driving force behind the success of their students and our programs."
About National History Day
National History Day (NHD) is a nonprofit education organization in College Park, Md. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, HISTORY©, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit nhd.org.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to
experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.