Robert A. Good, a teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has been named the 2016 Missouri History Teacher of the Year. He will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be eligible for National History Teacher of the Year honors in New York City. In addition, the Ladue Horton Watkins High School library will receive a core archive of history books and educational materials.
Dr. Good received his undergraduate degree in history from Westminster College, his master’s degree in history from Ohio University, and his doctorate in education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His U.S. history courses are organized around the phrase found on the Great Seal of the United States: E Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one). The courses explore what it means to be an American and how Americans should work together to achieve common ideals. Dr. Good’s passion for history and social justice is reflected in his work with outreach projects targeting student achievement and educational equity.
“Congratulations to Dr. Good on this honor,” said Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “Having a deep understanding of our nation’s history helps our students become good citizens.”
The History Teacher of the Year Award is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a national nonprofit devoted to the teaching and learning of U.S. history. Started in 2004, the award honors one exceptional K-12 history teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools, and U.S. territories.
Nominations for Missouri History Teacher of the Year can be made by a student, parent, colleague, supervisor, or other administrator familiar with the teacher’s work. To be considered for the 2017 award, teachers must be nominated by February 1, 2017. For more information, visit www.gilderlehrman.org/nhtoy.