Gayle Kidd, a fifth grade teacher at Cullins-Lake Pointe, has been named 2015 Texas History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History for the outstanding work that she does in the classroom. Mrs. Kidd received an e-mail notifying her of the honor which stated “A panel of teachers, administrators, and scholars from your state selected you for your use of primary documents in the classroom, the level of inspiration you provide to your students, and your career achievements in education.”
As the 2015 Texas History Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Kidd will receive $1,000, a certificate of recognition, an archive of books and historical resources presented in her name to Cullins Lake Pointe’s library, an invitation to attend a 2016 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, and recognition at a ceremony within the state. In addition, Mrs. Kidd is one of fifty-three finalists for the $10,000 National History Teacher of the Year Award, and Cullins-Lake Pointe will be named a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School with the benefits associated with that designation.
This is a tremendous honor for Mrs. Kidd, Cullins-Lake Pointe, and Rockwall ISD. The Gilder Lehrman Institute is a prestigious, non-profit organization dedicated to improvement in history education. The institute supports teachers and students throughout the nation by offering a variety of programs, by providing quality professional development, and by hosting a website with extensive resources including more than 60,000 historical documents. The Gilder Lehrman Institute has received awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians recognizing the impact of the institute.