Michael “Mike” Williams, education programs manager at the Center, has been named the 2019 recipient of the K–12 Distinguished Teaching Award by the National Council for Geographic Education. The award recognizes Mike’s leadership as a classroom teacher immediately prior to his arrival at the Center this past spring when he served as chair of the history department at Warren New Tech High School in Warrenton, NC.
In that role, Mike was twice recognized as the Warren County Teacher of the Year (2014, 2017–18) and was named the 2017 Tachau National Teacher of the Year by the Organization of American Historians.
“This award not only emphasizes the value and expertise that Mike brings to our education team,” said Andy Mink, vice president for education programs, “but also underscores the important role that geography has played in many of our education initiatives and programs. This year we will be launching an online course and hosting a two-day workshop on geospatial thinking, and we are seeing the direct impact on classrooms and curriculum at both the K–12 and university levels.”
Chartered in 1915 to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning, the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) provides professional development opportunities, produces journals and other publications, and honors teachers, mentors, and researchers, while advocating for geography in U.S. schools.
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