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SAR History Teacher Award

To obtain the Saramana Chapter SAR Youth Awards Brochure By-fold please click  HERE.

This Brochure describes ALL of our Youth Award Programs.

Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, whose mission and objectives are patriotic, historical, and educational, wish to identify, recognize, and commend Outstanding Social Studies Teachers.  These extraordinary educators at private, public, and parochial institutions, who teach our children in a middle or high school setting, will be recognized for actively addressing the history of the American Revolutionary era.  The SAR  American History Teacher Award winner will represent a teacher whose instruction on the Revolutionary War era from 1750 - 1800 demonstrates educational efforts in the classroom that exceed and excel above currently accepted, curriculum requirements.

Award Description:
The SAR  American History Teacher Award winner will be able to choose a trip to one of the following seminars;
•    1) Freedoms Foundation Summer Teacher Graduate Workshop at Valley Forge, Pa.
•    2) Colonial Williamsburg Summer Teacher Workshop in Williamsburg,
•    3) Jefferson Symposium at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville,
•    4) SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution.

This award, valued at $1,400.00, will reimburse the winner for expenses including tuition, room and board, and transportation.  The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution will provide this professional educational opportunity to an educator who will bring back to the classroom a heightened level of creativity and enthusiasm to their students of the American Revolutionary era.

How to Enter:
The NSSAR invites all American history teachers, whose approved curriculum teaches students about the Revolutionary War era from 1750 to 1800, to apply for the Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award.  The educator must be a teacher at the middle or high school level at a recognized public, private, or parochial institution.

The award program will be conducted in three (3) phases:  Local SAR Chapter, State SAR  Society, and National Society.  The applicant must begin the entry process by obtaining an application form (see below) and submitting the completed application through a local SAR Chapter.

Please be aware that contestants must be present at the Award Luncheon in January for the SAR  American History Teacher Award Program in order to receive any Cash or  Awards. Please visit our Saramana Calendar of Events and look under January for the Regular Luncheon Meeting and the exact date and time.

Required Form Download:
To obtain the Required form, you can click on
American History Teacher (Applicant Form). Another option is to go to the National Society web page at:  The Form is right after a brief description of the contest.

Please note that the Required  Form will necessitate  that you have and use the latest version of the “FREEAdobe Reader.

For more information on obtaining and using Adobe Reader, please click on
Using PDF Files.

Instructions: AFTER you have opened the
American History Teacher (Applicant Form).

Please save the opened form to your computer and SAVE the file with your name and the Contest name as the file name. For example, “
Sam Compatriot History Teacher.PDF". By having your name as part of the “file name”, another contestant’s file can NOT be saved on top of your file. The folder where you save the document is your choice. Just remember where you saved it.

Now please CLOSE the web page where you obtained the Form and OPEN the saved file on your PC to Continue

The “Applicant” should complete the American History Teacher “Applicant Form”. The Saramana SAR Chapter Committee Chairman is responsible for completing the SAR Information. Please review the instructions and complete the form with all applicable details.

If there are ANY places on the form that request a “Signature”, please type in the appropriate name. These forms are NOT designed to be printed. After you have completed and saved the form to your computer, then the “Saved” form and any other requested documents are to be emailed to the Committee Chair named below, or absent a Committee Chair to the Chapter President named below. Hand written applications are NOT approved.

Contest entries MUST be submitted as PDF files attached to emails.

If possible, please request a “Read Receipt” so that you will know that your file was received.

To e-mail Steve Fields, our Saramana Chapter SAR President, click on or call (941) 228-6123.

•    Applicant Entry Deadline to Local Chapters:  December 1st of each year
•    Chapter Entry Deadline to State Societies:  January 2 of each year
•    State Societies Candidate Deadline to National Society:
       February 1st of each year .

The Saramana Chapter SAR  awards the Chapter winner a cash award of $500.00.

Teacher candidates interested in entering the Local Chapter contest must complete the required application and submit a written essay of not less than 500 words discussing the importance of teaching the American Revolutionary era.  The essay may also describe any extraordinary teaching techniques or innovative projects utilized by the teacher to teach the American Revolution.  The contest is designed to identifying a teacher who is still actively teaching and who is in the early stages of their career, therefore having many years of productive classroom teaching remaining.  The SAR   recognizes that school districts may have different job titles for teachers of American History such as Social Studies teachers.  The actual job title of the teacher is not important as long as the teacher has as their primary duty the teaching of American History.  Teachers who teach music, JROTC, or other subjects as their primary subject are not eligible.  The essay should also discuss why the teacher wants to attend the educational seminar and how the teacher would use what is learned at the seminar in the future.

Two signed letters of recommendation, one from the Supervisor and one from the Principal whose signature endorsing the applicant appears on the application, should also be among the application materials.  These letters need to state why the applicant is an outstanding teacher of American History.

In addition to the application and written essay NSSAR requests the applicant submit a one-page biography highlighting their educational background and achievements.  All application materials must be typed/printed on 8.5" x 11" standard paper and submitted through the mail.  No handwritten or copied material will be accepted.  All original materials  remain the property of NSSAR.

This award is specifically for graduate programs in the American Revolution and not redeemable for its monetary value.  If the award winner is unable to attend an educational seminar during the year the award is presented, then the winner may attend in a subsequent year.  The winner must attend a seminar within thirty six months after the award is announced or the award will be forfeited.

Judging & Awards:
Although individual chapters and state societies may set their own deadlines, we recommended that the following deadlines be followed.  The Local Chapters will distribute and accept award applications until December 1st of each year.  The deadline for Local Chapters to submit their winner to the State Society will be January 2nd of each year.  State Societies in turn will receive, evaluate and judge the Local Chapter finalist applications and submit the one state finalist to the Executive Director of the NSSAR by February 1st of each year.  The deadline for states to submit their entries to the Executive Director is mandatory and entries submitted after the deadline may not be accepted.  The National Society American History Teacher Committee will judge the state finalists at the Spring Leadership Meeting and announce the winner by March 31 of each year.  All state finalists will receive a certificate of appreciation for their participation.

Picture taken at our  History Teacher Award  Luncheon Meeting  held January 2016.

Sharon Ness, a Social Studies Teacher at Imagine Schools of North Port Upper Campus was our History Teacher of the Year at our January 2016 Luncheon.

You can read more about our January 2016 History Teacher Award in our 
February 2016 Quill & Bugle .

History Teacher Award

Saramana SAR Chapter  Sons of the American Revolution