State senators and delegates recognized outstanding Maryland history scholars and teachers at the Maryland State House in Annapolis on January 27, 2020. Shelby Williams, 7th grade teacher at Lockerman Middle School, was one of two teachers named 2019 Maryland History Day Middle School Teacher of the Year.
2019 was Williams’ fifth year using Maryland History Day in the classroom. She co-teaches an enrichment course that fosters project-based learning through creating Maryland History Day projects, where students find primary sources, honing skills in reading and using the sources, building primary source analysis skills, and more.
Maryland History Day is a year-long educational program with more than 25,000 middle and high school student participants that culminates in a statewide history contest. Working solo or in small groups, students create original documentary films, exhibits, performances, research papers, or websites exploring a historical topic of their choice on an annual theme. In 2020, students from all of Maryland’s 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City will compete at school, district, state, and national levels.
Photo: Shelby Williams and Delegate Steven Arentz
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