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The Gilder-Lehrman Teacher of the Year Award

Who is eligible?


Any full-time educator of grades K–12 who teaches American history (including state and local history) is eligible for consideration. American history may be taught as an individual subject or as part of other subjects, such as social studies, reading, or language arts. 

  • The nominated teacher must have at least three years of classroom teaching experience.      

  • Nominees must be planning to teach for at least one year following the award year.

  • Past state and national winners are not eligible.

  • Self-nominations are not accepted.

Click HERE for official requirements.

To Nominate A Teacher

Visit the Gilder-Lehrman website here to nominate a teacher in Michigan. Deadline is April 30, 2021.

Or use this nomination form.

Michigan's 2023 Winner

Matthew Vriesman
East Kentwood High
Kentwood, MI

For More Information:


Dr. Nick Orlowski

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