JFK’s Dennis Urban Named New York History Teacher of the Year

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John F. Kennedy High School teacher Dr. Dennis Urban has been named the 2018 New York History Teacher of the Year, an honor presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. 

Dr. Urban has taught AP U.S. History, U.S. History and Government, Historical Research, Participating in Government and Sociology at JFK since 2003. He also teaches courses in social studies methods, elementary education, history and philosophy as an adjunct professor at Touro College. 

“I’m honored to be selected as New York History Teacher of the Year,” said Dr. Urban. “The study of history is as important now as it’s ever been. Students are bombarded with information every day, much of it from unknown sources, and it’s challenging to cut through the digital noise and determine what’s reliable and factual. My job is to provide students with the content and skills necessary to understand the past and confront the present and to engage them in historical thinking and active citizenship. If this award means I’m succeeding at that, then I’m truly humbled.”

The History Teacher of the Year award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. territories. In the fall of 2018, the National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of state winners.

In addition to a $1,000 honorarium and an award ceremony in New York, the JFK library will receive a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials. Dr. Urban will also receive an invitation to a 2019 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a weeklong program that offers teachers daily discussions with historians, visits to historic sites and hands-on work with primary sources.

Congratulations to Dr. Urban and best of luck in the national selection!