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National History Day celebrates nominees for the 2024 Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award



College Park, MARYLAND —  National History Day® (NHD) is proud to announce the teachers honored as the 2024 Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year nominees. Each NHD affiliate may nominate one middle school teacher and one high school teacher per year for this prestigious award. In addition to celebrating outstanding history scholarship and innovative classroom instruction, the award comes with a $10,000 cash prize.

This year, American Samoa nominated two teachers for the award. Ms. Vi Harrington from Tafuna Elementary School was nominated in the middle school (junior) division. In the high school (senior) division, Ms. Rhonda Tuia from Samoana High School was selected to represent American Samoa.

The 102 teachers selected as the 2024 Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year nominees represent 50 of NHD’s 58 affiliates including all 50 states and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, and international schools in Europe and Asia.

Each nominee is a teacher who demonstrates a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through the innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest.

All nominees receive $500.

“The Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award nominees always represent the best in history education,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “As NHD celebrates our 50th anniversary year, I couldn’t be more proud of these teachers. Every day, they demonstrate their commitment to excellence in teaching, the rigorous study of history and primary sources, and the creativity and drive to engage students all across the country and world in National History Day.”

One national winner in the middle school (junior) division and one national winner in the high school (senior) division will be selected by a committee of experienced teachers and historians and announced on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at the National History Day National Contest Awards Ceremony in College Park, Maryland.

The Awards Ceremony will begin around 8 am and will be live-streamed at

This program is generously sponsored by the late Patricia Behring, a philanthropist and champion for education.