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Kendall named Georgia’s History Teacher of the Year for work at ELHS


By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

  For Eagle’s Landing High School instructor Nina Kendall, teaching history is about more than getting students to remember what happened in the past. It’s a chance to show them that what they do today can affect them in the future.

Nina Kendall, a teacher at Eagles Landing High School, has been named Georgia History Teacher of the Year.                     Special photo

  “Teaching American history is the ultimate opportunity to teach students about the power and impact of individual choices and how democracy creates the opportunity for everyone to have choices,” she said. “As we study history, I get to see students better understand the world around them and begin to take strides in shaping our community.”

  Kendall, 39, of Stockbridge was recently named Georgia’s History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  As a result, she is in the running for the title of National History Teacher of the Year.

  “I was thrilled to be recognized for my work in the classroom,” said Kendall. “It renews my spirit to be honored by those who share my love for history and history education.”

  Kendall has worked as a teacher for 16 years, and is starting her 10th year at ELHS. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Social Studies Education, both from the University of Florida.

  Kendall said teaching -- and teaching history in particular -- is rewarding for her in several ways. She enjoys helping students to reach their academic potential, to support their growth as individuals and to help them connect with the past.

  “The American experience continues to inform our lives today,” she said. “Experienced learners are active confident citizens. Teaching history provides me with the tools and opportunity to help students learn and grow.”

  Kendall added that being a teacher allows her to prepare students to make choices and to be active, informed citizens. She said the teaching environment at ELHS has helped both students and teachers to achieve their academic goals.

  “I want them to be prepared to pursue their goals and be strong enough to achieve them,” she said. “ELHS is a school community that positively supports students and teachers as they pursue learning and growth. At ELHS, I am free to pursue opportunities.”

  Kendall’s past accolades include the Gwen Hutcheson Outstanding Social Studies Educator award, which she received from the Georgia Council for the Social Studies in 2011.

  Dr. Aaron Randall, the most recent district coordinator for social studies, congratulated Kendall on her latest accomplishment.

  “It is a true honor for Ms. Kendall to receive the Teacher of the Year Award for her abilities in the classroom and for the way in which she has her students interacting with primary sources documents,” said Randall. “She is a true asset to Eagle’s Landing High and Henry County Schools.”

  The Teacher of the Year honor earned Kendall $1,000 as well as books and historical resources for the school’s media center, said school system spokesman J.D. Hardin.

  “Kendall will also get the opportunity to participate in the Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, and ELHS will now be designated as a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School,” said Hardin. “If chosen as the National History Teacher of the Year, Kendall would earn $10,000.”

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