Exemplary Teachers Archive

2009 History Teacher of the Year Award

2009 History Teacher of the Year winner Tim Bailey, with two of his former students.

Every year the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in conjunction with Preserve America, a program sponsored by the White House, sponsors the History Teacher of the Year Award.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presented the 2009 Preserve America History Teacher of the Year award to Tim Bailey, a fifth-grade teacher at Escalante Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bailey received the $10,000 award on December 16, 2009 at the School Without Walls, a public Gilder Lehrman network school in Washington, D.C. United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan congratulated Bailey and spoke about the importance of teaching American history.

Tim Bailey began his teaching career in 1989. He has written three American history workbooks focused on primary sources for elementary classrooms in the Easy Simulations series, published in 2008 by Scholastic. He has also served as a teacher mentor for the past eight years. A Fulbright Scholar in 2003, Bailey has earned several awards from the state of Utah, the Salt Lake City school district, and others.

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