Our chapter nominated Chris Shedd of Jackson P. Burley Middle School as our candidate for the Daughters of the American Revolution American History Teacher of the Year 2017-2018 award. His unique approach to teaching American history earned him the award as Virginia State American History Teacher and now as 2018 DAR National American History Teacher of the Year!
Chris believes that American history teachers need to make their subject come alive for students. To that end, he approached the administrators at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, about having them do a Google Expedition on Mulberry Row there. The project has been finished and is awaiting approval by Google for distribution.
Did history come alive for those students while working on that program at Thomas Jefferson’s home? Will those students remember their time in history class at Burley Middle School in Mr. Shedd’s class? You just know that the answers to both of those questions is a resounding, ‘YES!’