The Westminster chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution is hosting the local competition for the SAR's Dr. Tom and Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award for the 2018-2019 school year in Carroll County.
The award has been expanded, with the competition now recognizing a teacher of the Revolutionary War era (1750-1800) in three categories: elementary, middle, and high school; open to teachers at a recognized public, private, or parochial institution. The contest is aimed at identifying teachers who are still actively teaching, have taught for at least three years, and who are in the early or middle stages of their careers. Winners from the Westminster Chapter would compete with other submissions from around the state in judging by the Maryland Society SAR. State winners would then advance to a nationwide competition.
The national winner from each school level will receive potential benefits worth up to $5,000 per winner, which includes attendance at a teacher workshop or seminar on the American Revolution. The award at the national level is in open to middle and high school teachers, with the winner receiving a cash prize of $500 for their personal and unrestricted use and an additional $500 credit for the purchase of educational supplies for the classroom. Teachers who are invited to one of the SAR's national meetings will have their travel expenses paid.
Contestants submit to Westminster chapter an application and written essay of at least 1,000 words discussing the importance of teaching the American Revolution era. The essay may also describe any extraordinary teaching techniques or innovative projects utilized by the teacher to teach the American Revolution. Additional information, including the application and instructions, may be found online at sar.org/education/youth-contests-awards/american-history-teacher-award. Completed applications must be sent to Don Warner at firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 31. Applicants also have the option of mailing completed applications to C. Don Warner, PO Box 787, Hampstead, MD 21074, postmarked by Dec. 31.