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Educator awarded History Teacher of the Year
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Oct 04, 2009 | 2192 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Denise Boswell is a fifth grade teacher at Lena Juniper Elementary School and has received the Guilder Lehrman Nevada State Elementary History Teacher of the Year award.

Boswell was one of 50 finalists, one from each state. She has a chance to be the national history teacher of the year. Boswell has been recognized for her outstanding instruction and the creative and motivating strategies she uses to teach social studies curriculum, specifically American history.

Juniper will have a special time during school to honor her. In addition to her honor, the school has received a library of American history books and primary source documents worth more than $1,000.

Boswell has taught for 19 years and she has a high level of expectation for herself and her students and continually improves her instruction. For example, she and her fifth grade colleagues have been part of the Teaching American History project, which is a professional development support provided through the Washoe County School District. The inception of Teaching American History Project was six years ago and Boswell has been participating every year.

In addition, Boswell is the History Fix coordinator for the Northern Nevada Writing Project. This interactive Web site helps teachers incorporate writing and history. Boswell shares ideas with thousands of teachers across the nation through History fix. Other teachers can post and share ideas as well.

The History Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding American history teachers from elementary school through high school and the crucial importance of American history education. Finalists are selected from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. territories.
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