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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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Do you know an outstanding history or social studies teacher in Illinois? The ISHS Educational Services Committee seeks nominations for the Olive Foster Outstanding Teacher Award. This award honors Olive Foster, former Illinois State Historian, Director of the School Services Program, and originator of the Illinois History Program for students. The annual award is designed to recognize and reward a full-time teacher for outstanding contributions to the study and teaching of state and local history. Recipients of this award actively promote Illinois history in schools as well as in their local communities, using the resources of one or more local historical societies, museums, the ISHS, and other Illinois-based historical organizations. Documentation of the teacher's work is required. A $1,000 award will be given in 2020 to an Illinois teacher from one of the following categories:

 

  1. elementary school level,
  2. middle/junior high school level, and
  3. high school level.

 

The award will be presented at the Illinois State Historical Society's Annual Awards Banquet in 2020. Nominations may be made by any group or person, including the nominee, and should be accompanied by the following information:

 

  • Nominee's name and address
  • Nominee's subject and grade level
  • Nominator's name and contact information
  • The school where the teacher is employed
  • Contact information for the school's principal
  • Nominee's educational background
  • Nominee's professional experience
  • A narrative description of the nominee's outstanding classroom accomplishments. This should include specific history units taught by the nominee and information about local museums or historical societies that were involved. Commentary on the results or impact of the programs and how they were developed may be included. Other awards won by the nominee or nominee's students should also be included.
  • Letter of support or recommendation
  • The Society's Annual Awards Committee will judge all nominations and select the winner.

Informational Letter (PDF)
Download Application (PDF)

The deadline for submission of requested information is January 15, 2020.

Nominations may be submitted via paper to: Illinois State Historical Society, Foster Award, 5255 Shepherd Road, Springfield, IL 62703-5408.

For more information, call the Illinois State Historical Society at 217-525-2781.

Recent Recipient

2019 Olive Foster Teacher Award Recipient

Tammy Green (right), teacher at Kings Consolidated School District 144, receives the ISHS 2019 Olive Foster Teacher of the Year award from ISHS board member Cindy Reinhardt.

Previous Recipients

List of previous award winners
Year Teacher School
2018 Richard J. Hansen Mt. Zion High School
2017 Mark McBride Tri Valley High School, Downs
2015 Debra Liu Solomon School, Chicago
2014 Mark Motsinger Carrier-Mills Stonefort High School
2013 Teresa Heinhorst Midwest Central High School, Manito
2011 Robyn Williams Harrisburg High School
2011 Darrel Dexter Egyptian Community High School, Tamms
2011 Michelle Okrzesik Worth Elementary School
2011 Sherry Strycker Worth Elementary School
2010 Charles Hilmes Breese Elementary School
2010 Donna Bowen Brown Elizabeth Peabody Elementary School, Chicago
2010 Elizabeth Robbins Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, Chicago
2008 Leonard White Rockford School District
2008 Rick Williams Judah Christian High School, Champaign
2007 Jeffrey Welker Roxana Community School District #1
2007 Jenni Dahl Springfield High School
2007 John Taylor Springfield High School
2007 Mary Bellman Chicago
2007 Katy Arme Plainfield
2006 Betsy Brown Lewis Elementary School, Carbondale

 

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