|Dr. Duke Richey '86 accepts his award as Tennessee's Outstanding Teacher of American History by the state chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Duke stands at the state DAR awards banquet with DAR state Historian Cindy Dearing, left, and Joye Duke, DAR Chickamauga Chapter Regent.|
Dr. Duke Richey '86 was honored last week as Tennessee's Outstanding Teacher of American History by the state chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Dr. Richey, who holds the Baker Chair of American History at McCallie, teaches AP American History at McCallie and regularly has students competing and winning at the district, state and national levels in the History Day competition.
The Outstanding Teacher of American History Contest honors notable full-time teachers of history (and related fields such as social studies, government, and citizenship education) in public, private, and parochial schools, grades 5-12. To be considered for this honor, a teacher must have demonstrated excellence in:
- Readily sharing an incisive knowledge of American History
- Being committed to their students
- Fostering a spirit of patriotism and loyal support of our country
- Relating history to modern life and events
- Requiring high academic standards at all times from their students
Dr. Richey was selected by the Chickamauga Chapter of the DAR to compete at the state level for Outstanding Teacher of American History. His work was reviewed by the state historian who selected him as the state winner, qualifying him to participate in the NSDAR national competition. State winner dossiers are forwarded to the Historian General who arranges for three non-DAR judges to select the national winner.
As Tennessee Outstanding Teacher of American History, Dr. Richey was honored at last Friday's State Conference and received a monetary award of $500, a winner’s pin and certificate.
Dr. Richey love for American History has inspired so many boys to learn more about the past, and this award from the Daughters of the American Revolution is well-deserved.