Mrs. Candice Klipfel, a teacher at Ellendale High School in
Ellendale, North Dakota was nominated for the Hannah E. (Liz) MacGregor Teacher
of the Year History Teacher Award. The MacGregor Teacher of the Year award is
sponsored by James F. Harris in honor of his sister and is awarded to one middle and
one high school teacher annually.
Each of the 57 National History Day affiliates may nominate one middle and high
school teacher each for this award. Mrs. Klipfel is the senior division nominee from
North Dakota. The two $5,000 awards are presented to teachers who 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.
“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. Klipfel on her
Dr. James F. Harris sponsors the awards in recognition of the pivotal role teachers to
play in the lives of students. The two national winners will be announced on
#NationalHistoryDay, June 13, 2019.
The two national winners 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.
About National History Day® (NHD):
NHD is a non-profit education organization headquartered in College Park, MD.
Established in 1974, NHD promotes an appreciation for historical research among
middle and high school students through multiple annual programs. More than half
a million students participate in the annual National History Day Contest. These
research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels,
where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of
Maryland at College Park. NHD provides professional development opportunities
and curriculum materials for educators of all levels. NHD is sponsored in part by
HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park
Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000
Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit
Congratulations, Mrs. Klipfel!