College Park, MD–Two teachers from Arkansas have been nominated for the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year  award. Mrs. Aimee Mimms, a teacher at Russellville Junior High  School in Russellville, Arkansas has been nominated in the junior division of the National History Day (NHD) National Contest. Mrs. Erin Mills, a teacher at Alma High School in Alma, Arkansas has  been nominated in the senior division of the National History Day  (NHD) National Contest. The award is sponsored by Patricia  Behring in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of  students. 

Each of the 58 National History Day affiliates may nominate one  high school and one middle school teacher for this award, and Mrs. Mimms and Mrs. Mills are this year’s nominees from Arkansas.  Every nominee for the $10,000 award 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 will receive $500 as a result of their nominations. 

“This award recognizes the very best educators from across the  nation and beyond,” said National History Day Executive Director  Dr. Cathy Gorn. “These educators are leaders and innovators in the  teaching of history, and we are all the more impressed because of  the extended difficult teaching circumstances due to the pandemic  during the last year. I wish to congratulate both Mrs. Mimms and  Mrs. Mills on their well-deserved nominations.” 

The national winner will be selected by a committee of experienced  teachers and historians, and announced on Saturday, June 18,  2022, at the National History Day National Contest Awards  Ceremony to be held virtually due to COVID-19. Nominees’ work  must clearly illustrate the development and use of creative teaching  methods that engage students in history, and help them make  exciting discoveries about the past. 

About National History Day® (NHD): 

NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland,  that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The  National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently  engages more than half a million students every year in conducting 

original research on historical topics of interest. Students present  their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or  website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where  the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of  Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by,  HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the  National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Crown Family  Foundation, The Better Angels Society, the Pritzker Military  Museum & Library and the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. For  more information, visit nhd.org

About National History Day in Arkansas 

National History Day in Arkansas engages over 7,000 middle- and  high-school students each year in hands-on historical research,  interpretation, and creative expression through project-based  learning. NHD Arkansas is sponsored by the University of Central  Arkansas with support from the Arkansas Department of Education.  To learn more, please visit https://uca.edu/nhd.