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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Since 2004, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History conducts the Preserve America History Teacher of the Year award program throughout the United States. The award celebrates outstanding American history teachers at the state and national level. This year, Florida's Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year winner is Mr. Eric Johnson, from Fivay High School, in Pasco County.

Mr. Johnson began his teaching career as an instructor in the United States Marine Corps Special Operation Training Group in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. After retiring from the Corps, Mr. Johnson began teaching United States History. Since transitioning from military to public education, Mr. Johnson has adopted a "hands-on" teaching philosophy that is centered on helping his students personally connect to the history around them, making US History their own. It is also this philosophy that has positively impacted not only his students, but also the community at large.

Here are just a few of the amazing ways Mr. Johnson has impacted his students and the community:

  • "3 Hours, 2 Towers" Project
  • "History In Our Own Backyard"
  • Historic Sites Research Trips (including Gettysburg, Washington, D.C., and Ground Zero in New York).

Mr. Johnson exemplifies a remarkable commitment to his students and education. Congratulations Eric Johnson and thank you for everything you do!

Eric Johnson

For more information about this award, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, please visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History website.