OKLAHOMA CITY -- A teacher at Putnam City North High School was named the 2010 Oklahoma Preserve America History Teacher of the Year.
Jennifer Seal teaches Advanced Placement U.S. History, U.S. History, World History and Government. She earned a master's degree in U.S. history from the University of Central Oklahoma and a bachelor's degree in history from Oklahoma City University.
"Ms. Seal is an excellent educator who sets high expectations and challenges students with rigorous content," said Pam King, an assistant principal at Putnam City North. "She is engaging and creative, and students leave her classroom both exhilarated and full of the knowledge required to be well-rounded citizens."
Seal will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be in the running to be named the national Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award this fall. Putnam City North's library will also receive a core archive of history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and HISTORY™.
The Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award was first given out in 2004. It promoted and celebrated the teaching of American history in classrooms across the United States. The award is handed out to one teacher from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. Territories.
The winning teachers are selected based up several criteria, including experience, commitment to teaching American history, and creativity and imagination in the classroom.