Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society will present its 2010 Caleb Mills Indiana History Teacher of the Year award to Rebecah F. Boyle of Bloomington, Ind., at its annual Founders Day Dinner on Dec. 6. The presentation will take place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
The Caleb Mills Indiana History Teacher of the Year award is made annually to a teacher at the lower or upper school level currently teaching American or Indiana history and recognized by his or her colleagues as making a significant contribution to the understanding of these two fields by his or her students.
Boyle has been a teacher in the Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) since 1998 and currently teaches eighth-grade history at Batchelor Middle School. She is currently a participant in the Teaching American History Grant received by MCCSC, which focuses on helping teachers teach American history using examples of Monroe County and Indiana history.
Participation in professional development and extracurricular opportunities, serving on school-based and district-wide committees, and serving as a trainer, mentor and student teacher supervisor are all priorities for Boyle. She has also served as a National History Day in Indiana sponsor.
According to one of her nominators, “Becky is an extraordinary social studies teacher who is admired and appreciated in our local and state communities for her teaching excellence, community service, innovative work in professional development, scholarly inquiry, and commitment to life long learning.”
For more information on Founders Day, as well as other programs and events of the Indiana Historical Society, call (317) 232-1882. Information is also available at www.indianahistory.org.
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.