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
Virginia History Series
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
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.
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."