JHMS Teacher, Greg Poduska Nominated at National History Day Teacher of the Year




WASHINGTON, D.C. and JACKSON, WYOMING–Mr. Gregory Poduska, a teacher at Jackson Hole Middle School in Jackson, Wyoming, was nominated for the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award. The award is sponsored by Patricia Behring, widow of the late Kenneth E. Behring, who previously sponsored the National History Day National Contest for many years.

Each of the 58 National History Day affiliates may nominate one middle school teacher for this award, and Mr. Poduska  is the junior division nominee from Wyoming. Every nominee for the $10,000 award is a teacher who demonstrates a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest. All nominees will receive $500, each, as a result of their nominations.

“Teachers are among the greatest resources children have to develop the skills necessary to become critical thinkers,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “The nominees for the Behring Award have shown a dedication to teaching that goes beyond the classroom. I congratulate Mr. Poduska on his well-deserved nomination.”

Patricia Behring sponsors this award in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of students. The national winner will be selected by a committee of experienced teachers and historians, and will be announced on June 18, 2020, at the National History Day National Contest Awards Ceremony held at the University of Maryland, College Park. Nominees’ work must clearly illustrate the development and use of creative teaching methods that interest students in history, and help them make exciting discoveries about the past.

About National History Day® (NHD):

NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, which seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by, HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Crown Family Foundation, The Better Angels Society, and the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. For more information, visit nhd.org.

About National History Day in Wyoming:

The American Heritage Center and Wyoming State Historical Society are the state’s sponsor institutions for the National History Day program in Wyoming. The annual, yearlong academic program helps nearly 1,000 students in grades six through twelve investigate and analyze historical issues, ideas, people and events. Wyoming was the first state west of the Mississippi River to join National History Day in 1980 and we hosted the first state contest for Wyoming History Day on May 1, 1981. For more information, visit http://www.uwyo.edu/ahc/history-day/index.html.

About the American Heritage Center and Wyoming State Historical Society:
The American Heritage Center is responsible for maintaining the University of WY Archives, and for collecting, preserving, and disseminating the historical documentation of select aspects of cultural heritage at the local, state, national and international levels. Through acquisition, stewardship, accessibility, service, instruction, exhibition, outreach, digitization, and collaborative programmatic activities, they are able to reach thousands of scholars, patrons and students every year and assist them with research endeavors.

More than 100 years ago, Grace Raymond Hebard—UW faculty member, administrator, librarian, and Wyoming historian—began collecting the papers and reminiscences of Wyoming’s pioneers. Her research on the history of Wyoming, the West, emigrant trails, and Native Americans became the nucleus for what became the American Heritage Center. Established in 1945, the AHC has acquired nearly 70,000 cubic feet of historically important documents and artifacts over the decades. The AHC is among the largest non-governmental archives in the nation. For more information, visit https://www.uwyo.edu/ahc/.

Established in 1953, the Wyoming State Historical Society is a non-profit membership driven organization who encourages the study of Wyoming history. By studying the past, they believe we will be better prepared to understand the present and prepare for the future. Their vision is to insure that Wyoming's past remains accessible to present and future generations. For more information, visit https://wyshs.org/.


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