O’Brien nominated for NHD Teacher of the Year

O’Brien nominated for NHD Teacher of the Year

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Natalie O’Brien, a teacher at North Smithfield High School, has been nominated for the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award in the senior division of the National History Day contest. O’Brien is one of 58 nominees and the senior division nominee from Rhode Island.

“I love National History Day, because it truly gets students to take ownership of their learning while acting as historians,” O’Brien said in her nomination forms. “We have always used primary source documents in our classes, but this program allows students to find and develop their own understanding of historical documents. With the support of our school librarian, the program has really started to flourish.”

Each nominee receives $500. The winner of the award will receive $10,000 for their demonstration of a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through innovative use or primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills and participation in National History Day.

“The nominees for the Behring Award have shown a dedication to teaching that goes beyond the classroom,” said Dr. Cathy Gorn, National History Day executive director. “These educators are leading examples for their peers and invaluable resources for their students. I congratulate Mrs. O’Brien on her well-deserved nomination.”

The winner will be announced during the National History Day awards ceremony on June 19.