A panel of teachers, administrators, and scholars from Wyoming selected him for his achievements in American history education.
Mr. Swift is one of 53 finalists that will compete for the National Award. The winner will be announced sometime in the early fall.
From the official press release
Lander, Wyoming (June 22nd, 2017): Casey Swift, a teacher at Lander Middle School, has been named the 2017 Wyoming History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.
Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US Territories. In fall 2017, the National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of state winners.
Biography- In 2008, Casey Swift received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth and in 2014 he earned National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist. Mr. Swift’s passion for history resonates with his students through the implementation of real-world, hands-on projects that tie the past with the present. Students in Mr. Swift’s classroom engage in authentic discussions and debates about current and historical events that continue to influence our world. Along with teaching American history, Mr. Swift works to involve the community into his units through community service projects, project-based and place-based educational opportunities. Students leave his classroom as more informed, critical thinkers of their world, capable of analyzing and questioning current and past events that impact their lives. Mr. Swift is determined to ensure his students develop into engaged, civil servants who participate in the Democratic process and the preservation of the Constitution.
In addition to a $1,000 honorarium and an award ceremony in Wyoming, Mr. Swift’s school library will receive a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials. Casey Swift will also receive an invitation to a 2018 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a weeklong program that offers teachers daily discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites, and hands-on work with primary sources.
The National History Teacher of the Year award will be presented by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner at a ceremony in New York City on November 8, 2017. Past presenters at the ceremony include the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, First Lady Laura Bush, former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Nominations for the 2018 History Teacher of the Year awards are now open. Students, parents, colleagues, and supervisors may nominate K-12 teachers for the award by visiting gilderlehrman.org/nhtoy. The deadline for 2018 nominations is March 30, 2018.
About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Founded in 1994 by philanthropists Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources. Drawing on the 65,000 documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and an extensive network of eminent historians, the Institute provides teachers, students, and the general public with direct access to unique primary source materials. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.