The Hawaii Council for Humanities, or HCH, has announced Laie Elementary teacher Colleen Spring as the 2013 Hawaii History Teacher of the Year.
Spring, who has been at Laie Elementary for over 20 years, has taught a wide range of grade levels and core subjects including world history. She initiated and coordinated the 'We the People, the Citizen and the Constitution' curriculum for the school to assist all fifth-grade students in becoming informed citizens who participate in the democratic process.
For the past five years, Spring's students have also qualified for and competed at the National History Day contest at the University of Maryland in College Park. She has helped a number of students reach their History Day project goals as well as gain a greater appreciation for historical research through primary and secondary documents.
"Mrs. Spring is an extraordinary U.S. history teacher," said Lea Albert, complex area superintendent for Castle-Kahuku. "Her high expectations, energy and skill serve to create an environment where U.S. history flourishes and student projects are remarkable for their quality."
Spring will be recognized at a special awards ceremony at 1 p.m. on Oct. 2 at Laie Elementary. She will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and will be in the running to be named the 2013 National History Teacher of the Year in the Fall.