Iowa teacher named finalist for
national history teaching award

For immediate release June 1, 2006


Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – Chris Green, a teacher at the North Scott Junior High School in Eldridge, has been nominated for the Richard T. Farrell Teacher of Merit Award, to be presented during the National History Day national competition this week at the University of Maryland near Washington, D.C. Iowa’s National History Day coordinator, Naomi Peuse, nominated Green for the honor.

“Chris is an exemplary educator whose service to the National History Day program in Iowa is without comparison,” Peuse said. “I have never met a better advocate for the program and the role it can make in a student’s education and life.”

The Richard M. Farrell Teacher of Merit Award is awarded annually to a teacher who develops and uses methods to make history interesting for students. The award is a $1,000 stipend and plaque of recognition. The eight finalists selected for this award will be recognized at the NHD national contest and will receive a collection of programs from PBS VIDEO for their school. The award is given in memory of Richard Farrell, a history professor at the University of Maryland who focused on the training of history teachers and served on the NHD Board of Trustees.

NHD in Iowa has been coordinated by the State Historical Society of Iowa since 1994. Major funding comes from the State Historical Society of Iowa, Inc. of Iowa City, a federal earmark, the American Legion of Iowa Foundation and Cargill. More information about NHD in Iowa is available at or by contacting Naomi Peuse at 515-281-6860 or

The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state.



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