Educator Recognition Programs
Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year Program
Nominations are open year round for the Massachusetts and National History Teacher of the Year programs to honor outstanding teachers of American history across the country. The Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year will automatically be the state's candidate for the National History Teacher of the Year award. The award is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI).
We are seeking outstanding K-12 teachers who find creative ways to bring history alive in the classroom and in communities.
Teachers will be selected based on the following:
- At least three years of classroom experience;
- A demonstrated commitment to teaching American history;
- Evidence of creativity and innovation in the classroom; and
- Effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories, and other primary resources to engage students in American history.
- Self nominations are not accepted.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will honor each statewide winner with an award of $1,000, a certificate of recognition, an invitation to attend a Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, and the opportunity for the winner's school to become a GLI Affiliate School. The Institute will also present the winner's school with a collection of American history classroom resources, given in honor of the state winner, for use in the school library or resource center.
To nominate a teacher and learn more about the award, visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's website or contact the National History Teacher of the Year coordinator at or 646-366-9666. You may also email the educator recognition mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. email@example.com
2018 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year
New Mission High School
Boston Public Schools
Brinda Tahiliani received a bachelor's degree from Bates College, a master's of business administration from Brandeis University, and a master's in education from UMass Boston. Education has been the foundation of her success. Now, as a teacher of 12 years, she wishes that same success for her students. She expects every single child to succeed and holds every one of them to high academic standards. There are no exceptions and no excuses to her solemn commitment that every child can learn, every child deserves to be challenged, and every child deserves to have their imaginations sparked.
To support her efforts, she was responsible for raising $20,000 to purchase iPads for her classroom. During the 2017-18 school year, she served as New Mission Collegiate Academy's history department chair and lead teacher and helped the school progress toward established priorities and objectives. Brinda has been selected as a Fulbright Award winner and will spend the spring 2019 semester teaching in India on behalf of New Mission Collegiate Academy.