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Shoshoni man named Wyoming History Teacher of the Year
Jun 5, 2014 - From staff reports
Shoshoni High School teacher Max Mills has been named the 2014 Wyoming History Teacher of the Year.
Mills will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be in the running to be named the 2014 National History Teacher of the Year this fall. The Shoshoni school library will receive a core archive of history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and HISTORY. Mills also will be invited to a 2014 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, and Shoshoni High School will be named a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School.
Inaugurated in 2004, the National History Teacher of the Year Award promotes and celebrates the teaching of American history in classrooms across the United States. The award honors one exceptional K-12 teacher of American history from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. territories.
The 2014 award honors high school teachers. The selection of the state winner is based upon several criteria including at least three years of classroom experience in teaching American history; a demonstrated commitment to teaching American history (including state and local history); evidence of creativity and imagination in the classroom; and effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories and other primary resources to engage students with American history.
The award is co-sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on behalf of its Preserve America program.
In 2003, Mills received his bachelor's degree at Dakota State University and completed a master's degree in technology education from Walden University in 2010.
Some of Mills's students have been recognized statewide for their projects and some have presented their designs on a national level. Mills also creates a classroom atmosphere where history is directly correlated to students' lives through undertaking finance projects, analyzing community-based issues, and understanding government documents. When students leave his classroom they not only learn valuable information, they become engaged and informed citizens.