Special Awards

Honoring Outstanding Arizona Educators & Students in the Social Studies (History, Economics, Geography, and Civics/Government)

The Robert J. Stahl Student Teacher Scholarship Award was established in 2008 to support an Arizona pre-service student teacher who plans to enter the field of teaching K-12 social studies. It has been named after one of Arizona’s strongest supporters and proponent of the social studies, Professor Robert J. Stahl of Arizona State University. For many years Dr. Stahl has served the ACSS and the National Council for the Social Studies in many capacities, including having served as President of both organizations. This $1,000 scholarship includes a year’s membership in both the ACSS and the NCSS and is intended to offset costs associated with the semester of student teaching. Download applications here – Due by May 15, 2017

The 2017 recipient will be announced at the October 21, 2017 ACSS Fall Conference.

Past recipients of the Stahl Scholarship:

2015 – Clay Whitley Wiers, University of Arizona
2014 – Jolynne Voorhees, Arizona State University
2013 – Samantha Strunk-Hintz, Northern Arizona University
2012 – Aubrey Porter, Northern Arizona University
2011 – Mia McShane, Northern Arizona University
2010 – Stephanie R.Hall, University of Arizona
2009 – Marisa Tualla, University of Arizona
2008 – Deborah Painter-Plimley, Arizona State University

The 2016 TEACH Fellowship from the U.S.-Arab Bilateral Chamber of Commerce was awarded to Jeannine Kuropatkin, World History Teacher at Red Mountain High School, Mesa

Westwood High School history teacher, Larry Dexter, was selected to receive the 2016 Transatlantic Outreach Program Fellowship from the Goethe Institute of Washington, D.C.

Larry Dexter was also selected from more than 500 applicants to participate in the 2013 Library of Congress ‘Teaching With Primary Sources’ Summer Institute in Washington, D.C.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Announces 2016 Arizona History Teacher of Year Award Winner, Sandy Morse of Horizon High School, Phoenix

The National Council for Geographic Education Announces 2015 K-12 Distinguished Teacher Award Winner from Arizona, Jane Sparr Morgan, of Corona del Sol High School, Tempe

The Arizona Council on Economic Education Announces 2016 Economics Teacher of the Year Award Winner, Rhea Steyer, of Santan Junior High, Chandler and Travis Klein, Flowing Wells High School, Tucson

The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Announces 2015 Award Winner, Nancie Lindblom, Government and History teacher at Skyline High School, Mesa

Trevor Browne history teacher, Suzanne Vogt, and Pueblo Middle School teacher, Danna Lagerquist, were selected as the 2012 recipients of the K-12 Distinguished Teacher awards.

The award recipients were honored during the NCGE annual Conference on Geographic Education in San Marcos, TX on October 6, 2012. A large group of Arizona educators attended the ceremony to help recognize the great achievement of these two teachers. Suzanne serves on the ACSS Board of Directors and is a teacher in the Phoenix Union High School System. Danna teaches in the Kyrene School District in Chandler. Both are active with the Arizona Geographic Alliance and the Arizona Council for the Social Studies.

For more information about the NCGE award program and application process, visit http://www.ncge.org/awards

2012 Abraham Lincoln Fellowships Awarded to Four Outstanding Arizona Teachers

Betty H. Fairfax history teacher Ryan Ussery of Laveen
Payne Junior High School teacher Sean Murphy of Queen Creek
Tamara Jagodzinski of Mountainside Middle School in Scottsdale
ACSS Board Member Cheri Stegall of Cocopah Middle School in Scottsdale

The Fellowship is open to any full-time teacher of Kindergarten through 12th grade of any discipline in the U.S. Horace Mann Insurance will award 50 Fellowships to teachers in the U.S., featuring a five-day Institute in June and July at the ALPLM in Springfield, Ill. The Fellowship will include round-trip transportation, lodging and most meals.

Check out the Horace Mann-Abraham Lincoln Fellowship program at http://www.horacemann.com/teacher-lounge/fellowship-program

Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History honors American history teachers through its National History Teacher of the Year Award. You may nominate a fellow Arizona teacher for this singular award at the Gilder-Lehrman website – click here.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is taking nominations for their teacher of the year award. Nominees must be secondary (grades 7-12) teachers of U.S. History. Winners for each state get $1000; the national winner gets $10,000. For more information, go to:  http://www.gilderlehrman.org/education/htoy_overview.php

While you are there, check out their summer programs.

Congratulations to Past Arizona winners:

2016: Sandy Morse, Horizon High School, Phoenix
2015: Angela Mullen, Fireside Elementary School, Phoenix
2012: Barbara Hatch Cactus Shadows High School, Cave Creek
2011: Kathryn Bauer Patterson Elementary School , Mesa
2010: Nancie Lindblom Skyline High School , Mesa
2009: Kate Gilbert Safford Middle School , Tucson
2008: Gina Bedene Mountain Ridge High School, Phoenix
2006: Heather E. Robinson Desert Canyon Elementary School, Scottsdale
2005: L. Mark Sweeney Cactus Shadows High School, Cave Creek

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

The primary goal of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation’ elementary and secondary students. The design of the instructional program, including its innovative culminating activity, makes the program successful with both teachers and students. The program enjoys the active participation of members of Congress, as well as support from educational, professional, business, and community organizations across the nation. Since the inception of the We the People program in 1987, more than 30 million students and 90,000 educators have participated in this innovative course of study.

2011-2012 Arizona Competition Results

First Place:                Corona del Sol High School – Teacher Timothy Smith
Second Place:            Hamilton High School – Teacher Abby Dupke
Third Place:               Skyline High School – Teacher Jill Benza
Fourth Place:             Prescott High School – Teacher Mark Goligoski
Unit 1 Award:             Lake Havasu High School – Teacher Jaime Festa-Daigle
Unit 2 Award:             Marcos de Niza High School – Teacher David Dotts
Unit 3 Award:             Red Mountain High School – Teacher Jaime Leverington
Unit 4 Award:             Maricopa High School – Teacher Bernadette Russoniello
Unit 5 Award:            Gilbert Classical Academy – Teacher Mandy Wright
Unit 6 Award:             Rio Rico High School – Teacher Kent Barter

Corona del Sol High School represented Arizona at the National Competition at George Mason University in Virginia, April 27-May 1, 2012!

For more information on participating in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program, contact state coordinator Susan Nusall of the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education.

A Quick and Easy Guide to the U.S. Constitution

James Madison Memorial Fellows

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation awards highly competitive fellowships to future and current secondary school teachers of American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12 to support their graduate study of the roots, principles, framing, and development of the United States Constitution.

The Foundation awards James Madison Fellowships to college seniors and college graduates without teaching experience (Junior Fellows) and to experienced secondary school teachers (Senior Fellows). Located in Washington, D.C., the Foundation has a Board of Trustees consisting of twelve members appointed by the President of the United States. Public law creating the Foundation specifies that two Senators, two members of the House of Representatives, two members of the federal judiciary, one governor, two members of the general public and three academics must serve on the board. With the exception of the federal judiciary and the Secretary of Education, the Board is evenly split between the Democratic and Republican parties. For more information on applying click here.

Directory of Arizona Fellows:

2015      Lisa K. Adams – Tempe – Corona Del Sol High School
2014      Karin Cummings – Phoenix – Sunnyslope High School
2013      Melissa Ganas – Phoenix – North Canyon High School
2013      Alexander Wood – Tuba City – Grayhills Academy High School
2012      Allison M. Fluke – Rio Rico – Rio Rico High School
2011      Nancie Lindblom – Mesa – Ashland University
2010      Jaime Leverington – Mesa – Arizona State University
2009      Daniel W. Jordan – Northern Arizona University
2008      Tiffany D. Frane – Chandler – American Public University
2007      Nichole D. Evans – Gilbert – Ashland University
2006      Jennifer A. Spensieri – Northern Arizona University
2005      Megan M. Kirts – Tucson – University of Arizona
2004      Edward W. Denny – Tempe – Arizona State University
2003      Michael B. Suchowierski – Kingman – Northern Arizona University
2001      Martha G. Taylor – University of Arizona
2001      Lesle K. Cleary – Prescott – Northern Arizona University
2000      Lisa A. Carotenuto – University of Arizona
1999      Matthew E. Nichols – Stanford University
1998      Kenneth F. de Masi – Mesa – Arizona State University
1997      Carolyn Brennan – Tucson – University of Arizona
1996      Clayton D. Lucas – Northern Arizona University
1995      George A. Thomson – Nogales – University of Arizona
1994      Laurie A. Morris – Sanders – Northern Arizona University
1993      Tonni M. Tenuta – Mesa – Arizona State University
1992      Crystal M. Soltero – Tucson – University of Arizona