Maine history teacher honored by national group

Cyndi Broyer, a teacher at New Suncook Elementary School in Lovell has been named the 2015 Maine History Teacher of the Year, an award sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Broyer has been an educator for over 30 years; presently she teaches fourth and fifth graders.  She’s known for creating a classroom atmosphere where students are actively engaged in the exploration of history through simulations and interaction with artifacts, and she helps students make significant connections between historical topics and their own lives.

In addition to being names 2015 Maine History Teacher of the Year, Broyer will receive a $1,000 honorarium and the New Suncook Elementary School library will receive a core archive of history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Broyer will also receive an invitation to a 2016 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a weeklong program which offers teachers daily discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites, and hands-on work with primary sources.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a New York–based national nonprofit devoted to the teaching and learning of American history.

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 February 1, 2016. For more information, visit www.gilderlehrman.org/nhtoy.