Red River educator named state’s History Teacher of the Year

Elizabeth Carlson is an excellent teacher who ‘brings history alive in her classroom,’ says Principal Kris Arason

Red River High School
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GRAND FORKS – Elizabeth Carlson, a history teacher at Red River High School, has been selected as the 2022 North Dakota History Teacher of the Year.

As a state-level award recipient, she is one of 53 finalists for the 2022 National History Teacher of the Year Award. The national award recipient is chosen from outstanding 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.

A panel of teachers, administrators and scholars from North Dakota selected Carlson for her achievements in American history education.

As an award recipient, Carlson will receive a $1,000 honorarium, a core archive of American history and Gilder Lehrman educational materials, and recognition at a future event.


Carlson is “an excellent teacher (and) is most deserving of this prestigious award,” Kris Arason, the principal at Red River High School said in a news release from the school district. “She brings history alive in her classroom. Students not only learn the content but live it through ‘real-life’ simulations from the period they study.”

She is “extremely passionate about her subject and works to instill that same passion in her students,” Arason said. “The students at Red River are extremely fortunate to have her as their teacher.”

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

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