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History Teacher of the Year
Mr. Raso honored with History Teacher of the Year awardChristopher Raso, a 7th grade social studies teacher at Canyon Ridge School, was named Arizona History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  Raso was honored for his demonstrated commitment to teaching American history (including state and local history), creativity and imagination in the classroom, and effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories, and other primary sources to engage students with American history.

“Mr. Raso is so worthy of being recognized as Arizona's History Teacher of the Year,” said Jill Hoppe, principal at Canyon Ridge.  “He brings history to life on a daily basis for his students. He is an expert storyteller, and he leverages his many community partnerships to bring outside presenters into his classroom.  We are so proud of Mr. Raso and feel honored to work alongside such an extraordinary educator.”

As part of the recognition, Raso received a certificate from Diane Douglas, Arizona State Superintendent for Public Instruction, at the school’s recent Veterans Day commemoration.  Additionally, Raso will receive a $1,000 award, a collection of classroom resources to be presented in his name to the school library, and an invitation to participate in a Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar.

Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US Territories.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. whose mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.
 
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