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For Immediate Release
June 8, 2004
Contact: Charles Pyle
Director of Communications
(804) 371-2420
Julie Grimes
Public Information Officer
(804) 225-2775

Hampton Teacher Earns Preserve America Award
New Award Celebrates History Teaching

Hampton middle-school teacher Barbara W. Weaver today was named the Virginia recipient of the Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award. Weaver, the social science department chair at Thomas Eaton Middle School in Hampton and an educator for two decades, will receive a $1,000 honorarium, a certificate of recognition, and a core archive of history books and materials donated in her honor to the school’s library.

“Barbara Weaver has introduced strategies in vocabulary, geography, and critical thinking in her own classroom while assisting other history teachers in implementing these strategies in their classrooms,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jo Lynne DeMary. “Understanding that knowledge of history leads to active citizenry, she is constantly looking for ways to make American History more meaningful and alive for students.”

First Lady Laura Bush formally announced the new Preserve America award at a White House ceremony in January. The award, co-sponsored by Preserve America and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is designed to promote, celebrate, encourage, and honor the teaching of history in America’s classrooms. In each of the 54 participating states and territories, one outstanding K-12 teacher of American history will be recognized annually. Each summer a national Preserve America History Teacher of the Year will be selected from among the state and territory honorees.

The national winner and his or her nominating supervisor, will travel to a recognition ceremony in Washington or New York in early fall to mark the start of the school year. In addition, the national History Teacher of the Year will participate in a multi-city tour to promote history teaching as a national priority.

Preserve America is a White House initiative that encourages greater shared knowledge about the nation’s past and increased local participation in preserving the country’s cultural and natural heritage assets.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, located in New York City, promotes the study and love of American history throughout the country.