The Annette and Jim McConnell Teacher of the Year Awards honor the best history teacher each year at the elementary, high school, and pre-service levels. 

The McConnells are steadfast supporters of history education in Michigan and have been a driving force to keep the past alive in all corners of the state.

To Nominate a Teacher:

Send a nomination letter that should explain the attributes of the nominee as well as the description of a particular lesson. 1-3 additional letters of recommendation should be included in your nomination.  Additional items that are encouraged in any nomination are lesson plans, copies of anonymous student work, and student testimonials.

Send nominations by MAY 1 each year to:

Nick Orlowski at 

2020 Winners

Elementary - Tara Maguire - Cook Elementary, Grand Blanc

Secondary: Ben Pineda- Haslett Middle School

Pre-Service: Caitlyn Buell - Michigan State University

(click on names for a video about each)

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Contact Us


Tamara Shreiner, Ph.D.

Executive Director Michigan Council for History Education

Associate Professor - History, Social Studies Education

Grand Valley State University

D-1-214 Mackinac Hall

1 Campus Drive

Allendale, MI 49401

(616) 313-8568