Lisa Johnson, a history teacher at Red River High School, has been selected as the North Dakota History Teacher of the Year.

Johnson was chosen for the honor by a panel of teachers, administrators and scholars based on her achievements in American history education.

As an award recipient, she will receive $1,000, an archive of books and historical resources, an invitation to the 2021 Gilder Lehrman Teaching Seminar and recognition at a future event.

As a state-level award recipient, Johnson is one of 53 finalists for the $10,000 National History Teacher of the Year Award. Her award submission will be reviewed by a national panel of judges. Ten finalists will be announced in late summer and the winner of the national competition will be announced in early fall.

The National History Teacher of the Year is chosen from outstanding history teachers in each state, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and Department of Defense schools. The award is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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“Lisa does a great job engaging students in the study of United States history by connecting the past with contemporary issues and events,” Kris Arason, RRHS principal, said in a news release.

“Students in her class are challenged to think critically about how history has influenced the world we live in today. Red River High School is extremely proud of Lisa for receiving this well-deserved award,” Arason said.

Johnson also served as the regional coordinator for National History Day in North Dakota from 2003 to 2005.

She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UND and is beginning her 18th year teaching for Grand Forks Public Schools with the start of school later this month.