Reedstrom named 2015 US Territories History Teacher of the Year



Mei Reedstrom, a teacher at Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School on Saipan in the CNMI, has been named the 2015 U.S. Territories History Teacher of the Year, an award sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Started in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The award honors one exceptional K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US Territories.

A “National History Teacher of the Year” will be selected from this list of state winners and honored at a ceremony in New York City. Past presenters at the ceremony include First Lady Laura Bush, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Reedstrom will receive a $1,000 honorarium and the GTC Elementary School library will receive a core archive of history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Ms. Reedstrom will also receive an invitation to a 2016 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a weeklong program that offers teachers daily discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites, and hands-on work with primary sources.

Nominations can be made by a student, parent, colleague, supervisor, or other administrator familiar with the teacher’s work. To be considered for the 2016 award, teachers must be nominated by Feb. 1, 2016. For more information, visit

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a New York–based national nonprofit devoted to the teaching and learning of American history. Gilder Lehrman draws on top scholars, an unparalleled collection of original historical documents, and a national network of Affiliate Schools to create and provide a broad range of innovative resources, help new generations of students learn about American history in a way that is engaging and memorable, and promote critical thinking and excellent writing. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.

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