american history teacher award

the sar Dr. Tom & betty lawrence american history teacher award

January 11, 2016 – Providence Day School American History teacher Edward “Ted” Dickson has been selected to receive the 2015 American History Teacher Award by the Mecklenburg chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.

In the photo to the right, chapter director Guy Chamberlain presents the award to Edward Dickson, on left.

award information


The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, whose mission and objectives are patriotic, historical, and educational, wish to identify, recognize, and commend Outstanding Social Studies Teachers. These extraordinary educators at private, public, and parochial institutions, who teach our children in a middle or high school setting, will be recognized for actively addressing the history of the American Revolutionary era.

The Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award winner will represent a teacher whose instruction on the Revolutionary War era from 1750 – 1800 demonstrates educational efforts in the classroom that exceed and excel above current, accepted, curriculum requirements.

Award Description

The Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award winner will be able to choose a trip to one of the following seminars;

1) Freedoms Foundation Summer Teacher Graduate Workshop at Valley Forge, PA, 
2) Colonial Williamsburg Summer Teacher Workshop in Williamsburg, VA, 
3) Jefferson Symposium at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, or, 
4) SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution.

This award, valued at $1,400.00, will reimburse the winner for expenses including tuition, room and board, and transportation. The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution will provide this professional educational opportunity to an educator who will bring back to the classroom a heightened level of creativity and enthusiasm to their students of the American Revolutionary era.

How To Enter

The NSSAR invites all American history teachers, whose approved curriculum teaches students about the Revolutionary War era from 1750 to 1800, to apply for the Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award. The educator must be a teacher at the middle or high school level at a recognized public, private, or parochial institution.

The award program will be conducted in three (3) phases: Local Chapter, State Society, and National Society. The applicant must begin the entry process by obtaining an application form and submitting the completed application to the Mecklenburg Chapter in Charlotte. Download the SAR American History Teacher Award Application here.


Applicant Entry Deadline to the Mecklenburg chapter: 18 October 
Chapter Entry Deadline to State Societies: 15 January (Suggested) 
State Societies Candidate Deadline to National Society: 10 February (Mandatory)


Teacher candidates interested in entering the Local Chapter contest must complete the required application and submit a written essay of not less than 500 words discussing the importance of teaching the American Revolutionary era. The essay may also describe any extraordinary teaching techniques or innovative projects utilized by the teacher to teach the American Revolution. The contest is aimed at identifying a teacher who is still actively teaching and who is in the early stages of their career, therefore having many years of productive classroom teaching remaining. It is recognized that school districts may have different job titles for teachers of American history such as Social Studies teachers. The actual job title of the teacher is not important as long as the teacher has as their primary duty the teaching of American History. Teachers who teach music, JROTC, or other subjects as their primary subject are not eligible. The essay should also discuss why the teacher wants to attend the educational seminar and how the teacher would use what is learned at the seminar in the future.

Two signed letters of recommendation, one from the Supervisor and one from the Principal whose signature endorsing the applicant appears on the application, should also be among the application materials. These letters need to state why the applicant is an outstanding teacher of American history. In addition to the application and written essay NSSAR requests from the applicant a one-page biography highlighting their educational background and achievements. All application materials must be typed/printed on 8.5″ x 11″ standard paper and submitted through the mail. No handwritten or copied material will be accepted. All original materials will remain the property of NSSAR.

This award is specifically for graduate programs in the American Revolution and not redeemable for its monetary value. If the award winner is unable to attend an educational seminar during the year the award is presented then the winner may attend in a subsequent year. The winner must attend a seminar within thirty six months after the award is announced or the award will be forfeited.

Judging & Awards

The Mecklenburg chapter will distribute and accept award applications until 18 October 2020. The deadline for Local Chapters to submit their winner to the State Society will be 15 January 2021. State Societies in turn will receive, evaluate and judge the Local Chapter finalist applications and submit the one state finalist to the Executive Director of the NSSAR by 10 February. The deadline for states to submit their entries to the Executive Director is mandatory and entries submitted after the deadline may not be accepted. The National Society American History Teacher Committee will judge the state finalists at the Spring leadership Meeting and announce the winner by March 31, 2021. All state finalists will receive a certificate of appreciation for their participation.

Mecklenburg Chapter Awards

• $150 cash prize
• Bronze Good Citizenship Medal & Certificate
• Chapter pays for recipient and guest at our November annual dinner meeting
• Advancement to the NCSSAR state contest 
• Press release to local media

Judging Dates for Mecklenburg Chapter:

• School level (last two weeks of April 2021)
• Mecklenburg Chapter level (first week in May 2021)
• North Carolina Society level (May 16, 2021)

Forms to Download

Mecklenburg Chapter American History Teach Contact

Mr. Jim Wood
[email protected]