Historical Hall of Fame: Stacey Hoeflich is the 2011 History Teacher of the Year recognized in the Gilder - Lehrman National Competition
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Stacy Hoeflich, fourth-grade Virginia Studies teacher at John Adams ES in Alexandria, VA (ACPS) was named the 2011 National History Teacher of the Year at a ceremony in Harlem, N.Y.  Hoeflich received a $10,000 award along with this prestigious title. The award is co-sponsored by the Gilder - Lehrman Institute of American History.

“I am thrilled to see Stacy receive this well-deserved accolade, a tribute to her skill at making history come alive for her students,” Dr. Sherman (ACPS Supt.) said. “Her unique vision enables her students to understand and appreciate how our country’s rich legacy has shaped their lives and she represents what teaching and learning is all about; engaging all students to become life-long learners.”

As 2011 Virginia History Teacher of the Year, she received a certificate of recognition, a $1,000 honorarium and the opportunity to participate in a Gilder Lehrman Institute summer seminar. In addition, the John Adams library received a collection of history books and reference materials in Hoeflich’s honor.

A fourth-grade teacher for 13 years, Hoeflich is known for helping design lessons to benefit the culturally and ethnically diverse student population - representing families from more than 50 countries - at her school. Through a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, Hoeflich studied in Austria and later incorporated what she learned in the classroom. She, along with John Adams Vocal Music Teacher Wes McCune and students, wrote, produced and performed three original and historically accurate operas on George Mason, Thomas Jefferson and Virginia’s Native Americans. Previous honors for Hoeflich include Mount Vernon Teacher of the Year and the Technology Integration Educator Award.

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Stacy teaching with Cartoons (above) and Maps (below)
 Hoeflich (above) with her kids and NY Mayor Bloomberg at Awards Ceremony

In addition to Hoeflich’s work in her own classroom, she serves as an Educational Consultant to the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, creating and modeling lesson plans and creating and reviewing content for the National History Education Clearinghouse. She has also been an active member and presenter at the national conferences of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the National Council for the Social Studies.