A teacher at North Woods International School in La Crosse has been named the 2013 Wisconsin History Teacher of the Year.
Julie Welch, who has been teaching at North Woods International School for 20 years, will receive $1,000 and will be in the running to be named the 2013 National History Teacher of the Year this fall.
Welch is receiving the honor because of her research-based teaching strategies and for promoting international education in Wisconsin. Welch has developed a curriculum on Hmong immigration through interviews with community members. She also organized an archaeology dig for students in associate with the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
The North Woods International School’s library will receive a core archive of history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and History. Welch will also be invited to a 2014 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar and North Woods International School will be named a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School.
The award is co-sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on behalf of its Preserve America Program.
From the state winners, one is recognized as the National History Teacher of the Year and will be honored in a fall ceremony.