Richard Houston, a history teacher at Monomoy Regional High School in Harwich, Mass., has been awarded the American Battlefield Trust’s prestigious Teacher of the Year Award for 2019. The award was presented at the organization’s 19th annual National Teacher Institute in Raleigh, NC, on July 13, 2019.
In bestowing this award, “We look for passionate educators who creatively go above and beyond the call of duty,” said Garry Adelman, chief historian for the American Battlefield Trust. “We received nominations for many qualified men and women this year as we do every year. But, in the end, our decision was made easier because Richard’s nomination — submitted by a colleague — was among the best, if not the best, the Trust has ever received. Richard is precisely the type of teacher who will help to perpetuate American history and therefore our democracy.”
Houston was nominated by fellow Monomoy Regional High School teacher Kevin Bates. Key highlights of Bates’ nomination of Houston include: “From my classroom next door, it has been my privilege to observe my nominee share his love of American History with hundreds of students since 2001. My nominee doesn't just teach history, he lives it. His students learn that history exists beyond the walls of the classroom. My nominee has created after-school AP US History study sessions. Although voluntary, he managed to encourage more than 90% of AP students to attend these bi-weekly sessions. In my 25 years of teaching history, my nominee is easily the most dedicated teacher with whom I have been associated and is clearly deserving of this honor.”
Richard Houston has received numerous other honors and awards, including Ad Lucem Teacher Award at MRHS Commencement (2018); Educator of Distinction, The National Society of High School Scholars (2013); Gilder Lehrman Massachusetts American History Teacher of the Year (2012); Recognized on Christa’s Honor Roll of Teachers at Framingham State College (2007); Massachusetts and Northeast Regional Outstanding American History Teacher, Daughters of Colonial Wars (2006); and Massachusetts Outstanding Teacher of American History, Daughters of the American Revolution (2006).