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Press Release - Fargo North High School Teacher Named 2014 North Dakota History Teacher of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2014
Contact: Neil Howe
701.205.7802

Fargo North High School Teacher Named 2014 North Dakota History Teacher of the Year

BISMARCK — Colin Kloster, a teacher at Fargo North High School in Fargo, has been named the 2014 North Dakota History Teacher of the Year. The award is co-sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY® and Preserve America. The North Dakota History Teacher of the Year Award is coordinated by Neil Howe, coordinator of the North Dakota Studies program at the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Colin Kloster has been a history teacher in the Fargo Public Schools since 1997. As a teacher, Kloster understands and appreciates the importance of teaching history and believes that “history is the most exciting subject taught in school. History is, after all, the story of us, and it is one of the greatest stories ever told. It has all the elements of a classic novel: action, suspense, drama, virtuous heroes, and evil villains. Best of all, it is a novel that is still being written, with new chapters added every day.”

According to Kloster, “If I’ve done my job, by the end of the year students will look at the world differently and realize that they are not only living through history, but they are also a character in this incredible novel that is still being written each and every day.”

Kloster will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the Fargo North High School library will receive a core archive of history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and HISTORY®. Fargo North High School will be named a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School.

The National History Teacher of the Year Award promotes and celebrates the teaching of American history in classrooms. The award honors one exceptional K-12 teacher of American history from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools, and US Territories.

The 2014 award honors secondary school teachers. The selection of the state winner is based upon several criteria, including: at least three years of 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; effective use of primary resources to engage students with American history. From the state winners, one is recognized as the National History Teacher of the Year.

For more information, contact North Dakota Studies program coordinator Neil Howe at 701.205.7802 or email nhowe@nd.gov.

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