National History Teacher of the Year
The Institute presented the 2007 National History Teacher of the Year Award to Maureen Festi, a fifth grade teacher at Stafford Elementary School in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. Ms. Festi conducts extensive research and locates primary source documents for her students to analyze, question, and challenge. This has enabled them to uncover evidence of a colonial ironworks in Stafford and discover Connecticut’s and Stafford’s involvement in the Revolutionary War. Her students also visit many local and state historical sites either in person or through multimedia presentations that Ms. Festi has filmed.