by BECKY GOFF
Little Apple Post
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has named Lori Rice, a K-2 and gifted teacher at Manhattan Virtual Academy, as the 2022 Kansas History Teacher of the Year.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is dedicated to K-12 American history education.
The History Teacher of the Year award was first awarded in 2004, highlighting the importance of history education by honoring American history teachers from elementary and high schools.
The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools, and US Territories.
“Knowledgeable and impassioned teachers bring our country's history to life for students, allowing them to understand engaging with history is about more than a series of facts,” said James G. Basker, President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. “Teachers are the lifeblood of our student’s education, and these are the best of the best”
In 1996, Rice received her bachelor's degree in education from Kansas State University, and completed her master's degree in education from Emporia State University in August 2022.
Rice brings history to life in her classroom, showing students how history directly relates to their lives using stories, art, and books.
Gilder Lehrman Institute awarded Rice with a $1,000 honorarium, along with an archive of American history books, and educational materials.
Rice is also one of 53 finalists for the 2022 National History Teacher of the Year award. The winner will be announced in October 2022.