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Tincher History Teacher Earns Statewide Prize

Tincher Preparatory School teacher Annemarie Lander added another award to her growing list of honors this month when she was named the Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding Teacher of American History for the State of California. The eighth grade history teacher last fall was one of 16 teachers in Los Angeles County to earn the Teacher of the Year Award. "It’s been an overwhelming year," Lander said. "To be selected as teacher of the year and now this is just over the top. I feel very, very blessed. I’m just on cloud nine." Lander is part of a team of teachers who initiated a Teaching American History Grant four years ago to encourage active classroom participation through inquiry and problem solving. Her students are asked to think like a historian, philosopher, economist, geographer, Native American, Union general and others to gain historical perspective. "Our students are learning to make a case, citing evidence and using primary sources," Lander said. "It’s very exciting. I’m a 23-year veteran teacher, and I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve been having these past four years." Lander also credits the high quality of training, or professional development, that teachers receive from the school district’s History Office for making a positive impact in the classroom. "The professional development here is like no other," she said. The Washington, D.C.-based Daughters of the American Revolution, founded in 1890, is a volunteer women's organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and bettering education for children.