Historical Hall of Fame:  Christine Teresa Esposito,  a teacher at Walker Upper ES, is Virginia's 2009 "History Teacher of the Year" recognized in the VDOE/Gilder - Lehrman National Competition
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Christine Teresa Esposito, a sixth-grade United States History to 1877 teacher at Walker Upper Elementary School in Charlottesville, Virginia, was named Virginia's 2009 "History Teacher of the Year". 
 
A teacher for over ten years, Esposito is known for creating lessons that incorporate technology in research and analysis of historical thinking and decision making. Esposito using primary sources including notes of James Madison utilized Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to map out each vote of the Constitutional Convention to show students how geography influenced the creation of the United States Constitution. She has made presentations about her teaching strategies and use of technology at the Library of Virginia, as well as at annual conferences of the National Council for History Education, the Virginia Society for Technology in Education and at the Virginia Education Technology Leadership Conference.
 
At the time of her award, Esposito was the lead social studies teacher at Walker Upper Elementary, a sponsor for the after-school Extended Day
Generates Excellence (EDGE) Program, co-sponsor of the Student Council Association, and a peer mentor.

She was a "master fellow" in a regional effort funded by a federal Teaching American History grant to increase student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge and appreciation of American history.
"Christine Esposito inspires her students through creative lessons that bring history alive in her classroom," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright in announcing her selection.   Dr. Wright also said: "She encourages the use of primary sources and inquiry-based learning and is always eager to share her passion for history."
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