Teacher of the Year - Living History Farms

Teacher of the Year

Living History Farms Teacher of the Year Award

Teacher of the Year2016 Teacher of the Year Award winner 
Jenny Sinclair visiting LHF with her class.


Do you know a teacher who brings history to life for his or her students? If so, nominate your teacher for the LHF Teacher of the Year Award!

The award winner will be recognized at the Living History Farms’ Farmstasia event on October 6, 2017, and will receive:

  • A commemorative plaque
  • An invitation to become an ad hoc member of the Living History Farms’ Education Advisory Committee in 2018
  • Free admission to the 2017 Farmstasia event for two people (valued at $300)
  • Free “Learning Excursions” study trip for up to 50 of his or her students during the 2018 general visitor season, May 1 - mid-October. (valid during general season hours and dates; does not cover the cost of transportation; not valid for adults; advance registration required; value up to $7.50 per student)

Problems or questions? Email djones@lhf.org.


  • The recipient must be a K-12 teacher who incorporates a program or tour of Living History Farms into their classroom curriculum.
  • Members of the LHF Education Advisory Committee are not eligible.

Who Can Nominate a Teacher

Nominations can come from the teacher, the teacher’s principal, superintendent, peers, or a parent of one of the teacher’s students.

Nominate a Teacher >


In late September 2017, a sub-committee of the LHF Education Advisory Committee will select the recipient.

Previous Award Winners

2010: Veralynn Schilling, 2nd grade, Abbie Sawyer Elementary School, Ames

2011: Betty Peterson, 3rd grade teacher, Baxter Elementary School, Baxter

2012: Jackie Scieszinski, 7th grade teacher, Indian Hills Junior High, West Des Moines

2013: Kris Bigler, 5th grade teacher, North Winneshiek Schools, Decorah 

2014: Jeanine Lynch, Lawson Elementary School

2015: Lynda Niffenegger, 5th grade teacher, Crossroads Park Elementary School

2016: Jenny Sinclair, 4th grade teacher, Lakewood Elementary in Norwalk


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