Mrs. Jennifer Barnett, a teacher at Conway Junior High School has been nominated for the Hannah E. (Liz) MacGregor Teacher of the Year History Teacher Award.

Barnett was nominated for her outstanding teaching and work with National History Day, a project in which many Conway students participate and excel each year.

Each of the 57 National History Day affiliates may nominate one middle and high school teacher each for this award. Mrs. Barnett is the senior division nominee from Arkansas.

“Everyday, Ms. Barnett demonstrates her heart for kids through passionate attention to not only rigor, but also differentiated instruction that reaches every child,” says Conway Junior High School Principal Ben Darley. “Her skillful use of technology enhances learning for her students and also makes her a leader in our school.”

Barnett has represented Conway Junior High as their 2019 Teacher of the Year in the district this past year.

The two national winners of the MacGregor Award will be chosen by a team of teachers and historians. Nominees’ work must clearly illustrate the development and use of creative teaching methods that interest students in history and help them make exciting discoveries about the past.

Dr. James F. Harris sponsors the $5,000 awards, in honor of his sister, and in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of students.

Winners must demonstrate a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest.

The two national winners will be announced on #NationalHistoryDay, June 13, 2019.

“Teachers are one of the greatest resources children have to develop the skills necessary to become critical thinkers,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “The nominees for the MacGregor Award have shown a dedication to teaching that goes beyond the classroom. I congratulate Mrs. Barnett on her nomination.”