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July 26, 2011

Mount Vernon Announces 2011 Teacher of the Year


Every year Mount Vernon sifts through a large pile of applications and chooses one D.C.-area educator to be the Mount Vernon teacher of the year. This year’s talented winner is Amy Trenkle, a history teacher at Stuart-Hobson Museum Magnet School in Washington, D.C.

In her essay, Trenkle shared a story about a collaborative project she designed between her 8th graders and a 3rd-grade class at Watkins Elementary School. The 8th graders wrote plays based on George Washington artifacts and the 3rd graders acted them out. Students blogged about their experience and in the end, gave a performance at Tudor Place, home to Martha Washington’s granddaughter Martha Custis Peter and her husband, Thomas Peter.

Trenkle is the first middle school teacher to win the award. For the past 11 years, she has coordinated and sponsored Stuart-Hobson Museum Magnet School’s National History Day Competition. Trenkle has also participated as an education advisor for a number of organizations such as DC Geographic Alliance, DC National History Day, Smithsonian Teacher Partner Programs, Smithsonian Institution Exhibit and Curriculum and the Teacher Advisory Board for the National Park Service.

“Ms. Trenkle teaches American History not because students need to know a collection of old facts, but because history helps them understand how the world works and how human beings behave,” said Stuart-Hobson Museum Magnet School’s former principal Brandon Eatman. “Knowledge of the past is required for the understanding of their present realities.”

Trenkle was awarded $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid field trip to Mount Vernon for her students.

Category: Awards, Teacher Resources

March 31, 2010

Do You Have What It Takes to be Teacher of the Year?


Are you the type of history teacher that brings a glimmer of excitement to your students eyes when you say the words, “Revolutionary War”? Have you ever dressed up in historical costume in the classroom? Are fellow teachers always on the look out to see what exciting things you’re up to this week? Well then, pay attention: the Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year Award is now open to applicants! This award is open to any history teacher that resides in Virginia, Maryland, or D.C. and would like to win a $5,000 cash prize, an all expenses-paid field trip to Mount Vernon, and an invitation to join us at the 2011 George Washington Teachers’ Institute. One runner-up will receive an all expenses-paid field trips to Mount Vernon. More information on applying can be found on our website. Applications are due May 21st.

Category: Awards, Teacher Resources

May 4, 2009

Could you use $5,000?


toy-for-websiteIf you are an exceptional history teacher who would like a $5,000 cash award, free field trip to Mount Vernon, and an invitation to stay for a week on the grounds of Mount Vernon for the 2010 Teachers’ Institute, then you are in luck! The application deadline for the Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year award has been extended to May 29th. Applicants must live in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C. Two runner-ups will receive a $500 cash award and an all-expenses-paid field trip to Mount Vernon. For information on how to apply, please see our website.

Category: Awards, Teacher Resources

May 8, 2008

DC-Area Teachers: Two Weeks Left to Apply for $5,000 Award!


Magnificent and Motivating Teachers: This is just a friendly reminder that Mount Vernon is about to conclude the search for our 2008 History Teacher of the Year. We welcome applications from the best teachers in our “neighborhood” of the greater Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Only two weeks remain until the application deadline of May 21, 2008!

For information about how to apply, please consult our earlier posting. Good luck, and a proud Huzzah! in advance to the worthy winner!

Category: Awards, Teacher Resources

April 16, 2008

Are You the Greatest History Teacher in the First President’s Neighborhood?


“Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”

~George Washington’s First Annual Address to Congress, 1790

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens is pleased to announce the Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year Award for Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area teachers of grades 3-12!

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Category: Awards, Teacher Resources


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Portraits in Schools

Kids holding George Washington Portrait

Mount Vernon recently invited K-12 schools nationwide to request framed portraits of George Washington to display in a respectful, prominent place.

The response was overwhelming: thousands of schools submitted letters! Along with the portrait, schools received curriculum materials to help explore our first president’s contributions.

Where has George Washington gone back to school? Click here to see!

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