Honolulu Teacher Nominated for the National Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award

HONOLULU, HI (May 9, 2016) — Ms. Carey Robinson, a middle and high school social sciences teacher of 14 years at St. Andrew’s Priory School for Girls, was awarded the Junior Division Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award for Hawaiʻi. As the Hawaii winner of this award, Ms. Robinson is nominated for the National Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in June 2016. The National Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award is awarded to one junior division (grades 6-8) and one senior division (grades 9-12) teacher, from across the nation, who has shown outstanding creativity, commitment, and inspiration in developing student interest in history education.

The awards are sponsored by Patricia Behring to recognize the important role teachers play in the lives of students and by encouraging creativity in the classroom. Two national winners will be announced at an awards ceremony, June 16, 2016. The winners of the national award receive $10,000 for their outstanding efforts to encourage and support history education.

“National History Day firmly believes that quality teachers are the best educational resources students have,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “The teachers selected as Behring Award recipients are a credit to their discipline, and exemplify what it takes to be a quality educator.”

National History Day (NHD) is a non-profit education organization in College Park, MD.
Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. For more information, visit nhd.org.

The St. Andrew’s Schools is located in Downtown Honolulu, adjacent to the St. Andrew’s Cathedral, the Governor’s Mansion, and the Legislature. The School was established in 1867 and is Oahu’s first all-girls school. As children’s educational needs have evolved over time, so too has The School’s focus. Queen Emma Preschool was acquired nearly 30 years ago to provide for children between two and five years of age. And most recently, in 2014, St. Andrew’s Preparatory School for Boys opened for grades K-5.

Research confirms that girls and boys develop and learn at different rates. The St. Andrew’s Schools’ progressive educational programs are designed specifically with these differences in mind. The result of a single-gender setting at St. Andrew’s includes the development of confident, competent learners, with the skills needed to succeed. One hundred percent of The St. Andrew’s Schools students go on to college. And over $27 million in college scholarships has been earned in the last nine years. In addition to a rigorous curriculum, enhanced by arts, music, theatre and athletics, The St. Andrew’s Schools promotes hands-on, project-based and experiential learning, leadership, and community service.
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