Reno, NV (March 23, 2018) – Sparks Middle School history teacher Christine Hull has been nominated for a national award in recognition of her “use of creative teaching methods that interest students in history and help them make exciting discoveries about the past.” Hull was the only Nevada middle school teacher chosen to compete for the James F. Harris History Teacher of the Year award this year.
Fifty-seven nominees are chosen to compete for the award from school districts nationwide that participate in National History Day activities. Nominees have engaged students in historical learning through innovative use of educational tools and, in the process, helped them learn historical thinking skills.
“I am tremendously proud of Christine’s hard work and dedication to our scholars at Sparks Middle School,” said Principal Stacey Ting. “She is an inspiring, engaging teacher who not only helps our students learn about history, but also explore those lessons in an effort to apply them to the present day. We are thrilled that she has been nominated for this prestigious national award.”
“It’s an honor to be recognized, and I am grateful to be nominated for a project that is near and dear to my heart,” said Hull. “As teachers, our mission is to help our students learn, but we are always learning, too. I am continually inspired by my student scholars, and National History Day is something all of us enjoy working on together. We learn from each other every day.”
“Teachers are one of the greatest resources children have to develop the skills necessary to be successful in both college and their careers,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “The nominees for the Harris History Teacher Award have shown a dedication to teaching that goes beyond the classroom, and I congratulate Mrs. Hull on her nomination.”
Christine Hull graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in social science, and studied secondary education at University of Nevada, Reno, before coming to work in the Washoe County School District (WCSD) in 2014. She served as a consultant in social studies and literacy for the Nevada Department of Education from 2012 to 2014, and was the state coordinator for National History Day for Nevada.
A team of teachers and historians will choose the final two teachers to receive the national award. Winners will be announced on National History Day on June 14, and each national winner will receive a $5,000 award.