Lander educator selected as Wyoming’s History Teacher of the Year
(Lander, Wyo.) – Casey Swift, a teacher at Lander Middle School, has been named the 2017 Wyoming History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.
The award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school.
In 2008, Casey Swift received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth and in 2014 he earned National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist. According to the award announcement, “Swift’s passion for history resonates with his students through the implementation of real-world, hands-on projects that tie the past with the present. Students in Swift’s classroom engage in authentic discussions and debates about current and historical events that continue to influence our world. Along with teaching American history, Swift works to involve the community into his units through community service projects, project-based and place-based educational opportunities. Students leave his classroom as more informed, critical thinkers of their world, capable of analyzing and questioning current and past events that impact their lives.”
In addition to a $1,000 honorarium and an award ceremony in Wyoming, the Lander Middle School Library will receive a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials. Swift will also receive an invitation to a 2018 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a weeklong program that offers teachers daily discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites, and hands-on work with primary sources.