Virginia DeCesare, a social studies teacher at Cherry Creek High School, was named 2017 Outstanding Teacher of American History for the state of Colorado by the Colorado State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She received the award and $1,250 during a celebration on April 22.
“We are proud to honor you as a teacher who is doing an outstanding job of making history come alive for our young people,” said Mary Warren Daley, Colorado State Historian of the Colorado State Society, DAR.
DeCesare, who has spent her entire, 22-year teaching career at Cherry Creek High School, teaches U.S. History, Advanced Placement U.S. History and World War I & II. She is now a candidate for the 2017 National Outstanding Teacher of American History. The national winner receives $3,000 and will be honored at the Continental Congress of the National Society, DAR, in Washington D.C. in June.
"Getting this kind of recognition from the Daughters of the American Revolution was a particular honor for me since they are an organization dedicated to celebrating and remembering the richness of our past,” DeCesare said. “Teaching history has never been about names and dates for me – it is about stories about people with human strengths and weaknesses.
"I hope that through understanding our past in this way it will help students to better relate to the figures of our history and inspire them to make more informed decisions about their future as citizens,” DeCesare added.