DGKN staff report
A Wayne County Schools Career Center government instructor has been named the National Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year.
The NCSS has announced Kimberly Huffman as the recipient of the 2022 NCSS Secondary Teacher of the Year Award, according to a news release. The prestigious award is presented annually to a teacher who has made outstanding contributions in teaching social studies to secondary students.
Kimberly Huffman is a social studies instructor in Smithville, who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication to her profession. She has been recognized for her unique teaching style, which incorporates a wide range of creative activities and instructional strategies to help students develop a deeper understanding of social studies concepts.
Huffman was celebrated at the 102nd NCSS Annual Conference, where she was honored for her exceptional work in the field of social studies education. At the conference, she hosted a collaborative session on professional development opportunities at the conference, sharing her insights and experiences with other educators from across the country.
Huffman’s entry for the award included a lesson plan on “First Amendment Protection of Student Speech,” which demonstrated her commitment to providing students with a deep understanding of social studies concepts and their real-world applications. The lesson plan was praised by the award committee for its creativity, relevance, and effectiveness.
“We are thrilled to recognize Kimberly Huffman as the 2022 NCSS Secondary Teacher of the Year,” NCSS President Shannon Pugh said in the release. “Her dedication to social studies education and commitment to excellence in teaching have made her a true leader in the field. She is an inspiration to educators everywhere, and we are proud to honor her with this award.”
National Council for the Social Studies is the largest professional association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. With members in all the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 35 countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, civics, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law- related education.
The NCSS membership represents K-12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies.