WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bayonne High School teacher Dr. John Bransfield has been nominated for the prestigious Hannah E. (Liz) MacGregor Teacher of the Year History Teacher Award.

Bransfield will represent New Jersey as the only high school teacher nominated for the award that will be presented by National History Day (NHD) on June 13.

The award, and accompanying $5,000 prize is, according to a statement from NHD presented to teachers who demonstrate a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest.

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“Teachers are one of the greatest resources children have to develop the skills necessary to become critical thinkers,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “The nominees for the MacGregor Award have shown a dedication to teaching that goes beyond the classroom. I congratulate Dr. Bransfield on his nomination.”

The two national winners, also including a middle school teacher, will be chosen by a team of teachers and historians. Nominees’ work must clearly illustrate the development and use of creative teaching methods that interest students in history and help them make exciting discoveries about the past, the statement read.