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Newcastle Teacher Named Wyoming History Teacher of the Year

September 17, 2008
Teacher and two students working
Sheila Munger assists seventh-grade student Kiana Cade at Newcastle Middle School. (Eileen Vickers Photo)

Sheila M. Munger, a social studies teacher at Newcastle Middle School, has been named Wyoming History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America.

Students and staff will honor her Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Newcastle Middle School.

The award honors one exceptional K-12 teacher of American history from each state and U.S. territory, says Sherry Tavegie, state coordinator of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences.

"I was struck with Sheila's ability to deliver great instruction in American history," she says. "Her lessons are wonderful and she plans fascinating projects for her students."

"This award gives us the chance to recognize great history teachers across the country," said Lesley Herrmann, Gilder Lehrman Institute executive director. "It puts exceptional educators front and center."

Munger, who has taught for 17 years (all of them at Newcastle Middle School), will receive a $1,000 honorarium and be in the running for the National History Teacher of the Year Award to be selected this fall. Newcastle Middle School's library will receive a core archive of history books and materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute promotes the study and love of American history. In its fifth year, the History Teacher of the Year Award is designed to promote and celebrate the teaching of American history in classrooms across the United States.

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