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May 21, 2020
Maine South Teacher Nominated for National History Day Award

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Michael Biondo, a social science teacher at Maine South High was nominated for the Hannah E. (Liz) MacGregor Teacher of the Year award. The MacGregor Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by the former National History Day (NHD) Board of Trustees president, Dr. James F. Harris, in honor of his late sister, and is awarded to one high school teacher annually.

Each of the 58 NHD affiliates may nominate one high school teacher for this award, and Biondo is the senior division nominee from Illinois .
Every nominee for the $10,000 award is a teacher who demonstrates a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through innovative use of
primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the NHD Contest. All nominees
will receive $500, each, as a result of their nominations.

“Teachers are among the greatest resources students have to develop the skills necessary to become critical thinkers,” said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “The nominees for the MacGregor Award have shown a dedication to teaching that goes beyond the classroom. I congratulate Mr. Biondo on his well-deserved nomination.”

Dr. James F. Harris sponsors this award in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of students. The national winner will be selected by a committee
of experienced teachers and historians, and will be announced on June 18, 2020. Nominees’ work must clearly illustrate the development and use of creative teaching methods that interest students in history, and help them make exciting discoveries about the past.

NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, which seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest
was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by, HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Crown Family Foundation, The Better Angels Society, and the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. For more information, visit nhd.org.