Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year Program
Nominations are open year round for the Massachusetts and National History Teacher of the Year programs to honor outstanding teachers of American history across the country. The Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year will automatically be the state's candidate for the National History Teacher of the Year award. The award is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI).
We are seeking outstanding K-12 teachers who find creative ways to bring history alive in the classroom and in communities.
Teachers will be selected based on the following:
- At least three years of classroom experience;
- A demonstrated commitment to teaching American history;
- Evidence of creativity and innovation in the classroom; and
- Effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories, and other primary resources to engage students in American history.
- Self nominations are not accepted.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will honor each statewide winner with an award of $1,000, a certificate of recognition, an invitation to attend a Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, and the opportunity for the winner's school to become a GLI Affiliate School. The Institute will also present the winner's school with a collection of American history classroom resources, given in honor of the state winner, for use in the school library or resource center.
To nominate a teacher and learn more about the award, visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's website or contact the National History Teacher of the Year coordinator at or 646-366-9666. You may also email the educator recognition mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. email@example.com
2020 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year
Science and Social Studies Teacher
Eliot K-8 Innovation School
Boston Public Schools
N'Dia Riegler has taught in the Boston Public Schools since 2012 and has been at the Eliot K-8 Innovation School since 2013. After noticing that students at her school could benefit from additional history and social studies instruction, she developed a project-based learning course on U.S. history called "U.S. History through Primary Sources" and taught it in the winter of 2019-2020. The course was offered to fifth and eighth graders, outside of the scope of her typical role. The essential question for the course was "How has the experience of different groups in America differed throughout our history?"
"As an educator of color working in an urban school district, I seek to develop empowered learners who approach themselves, academics, and the world with an empathetic lens," Ms. Riegler said. "The classroom is a collaborative and supportive space where students take risks, learn, develop their voice, and above all, explore the world."
Ms. Riegler received her bachelor's degree from Barnard College and her master's in education from the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Boston Teacher Residency program.
Last Updated: August 11, 2020