When you look for specific reasons why schools in Northern Virginia are so highly rated, you can certainly look right at someone like Stacy Hoeflich. She teaches fourth grade at John Adams Elementary School in Alexandria’s West End, and her passion and innovation have won her the National History Teacher of the Year award.
Hoeflich told Maya Horowitz of the Alexandria Gazette Packet that she was practically born to be a teacher — her mother and sister are teachers — and that she still loves going to work every day with fourth graders. She has created projects such as having the students write operas about George Mason and Thomas Jefferson and analyzing the Disney movie ”Pocahontas” and finding the historical inaccuracies, which must be a huge task.
In addition to bringing fresh ideas to elementary level history, she also presents at conferences of historians and teachers. Kelly Shrum of George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media told Horowitz that Hoeflich is “always asking the questions, and always pushing to see what she can do better and what she can improve. It’s really an ongoing dedication she has to history and history education that I think is really remarkable. It’s so much fun watching her teach.”
The National History Teacher of the Year Award was presented by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the History Channel and Preserve America. Read the rest of Horowitz’s fine profile of Hoeflich here.