'Iolani School teacher Sarah Campbell Johnson has been selected as the 2019 Hawai'i History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation's leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.
Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. Territories. In the Fall of 2019, the National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of state winners.
Johnson began her career in 2000, teaching U.S. History and American Studies on the East Coast before moving West to work in schools in California, Colorado, and Hawai'i. Her passion for international relations led her to develop a variety of elective courses, including Modern China, the Modern Middle East, and Global Politics.
Since 2011, she has supported student participation in Model U.N., believing that practice in generating collaborative solutions to challenging international and global problems inspires students to become global citizens and future leaders. Her current focus is on promoting climate change and sustainability education in her school and community.
Johnson earned a B.A. in History from Reed College and a M.A. in Global Engagement from the University of Denver. She is currently working toward certification in School Management and Leadership in a joint program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School.
About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Now celebrating its twenty-fifth year, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History was founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, visionaries and lifelong supporters of American history education. The Institute is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 history education while also serving the general public. Its mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.
At the Institute's core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. Drawing on the 70,000 documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and an extensive network of eminent historians, the Institute provides teachers, students, and the general public with direct access to unique primary source materials.