Teacher of the Year

teacher of the year 2018

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 in October 2019, and will receive:

  • A commemorative plaque
  • An invitation to become an ad hoc member of the Living History Farms’ Education Advisory Committee in 2020
  • Free admission to the 2019 Farmstasia event for two people (valued at $300)
  • Free “Learning Excursions” field trip for up to 50 students during the 2020 general visitor season. (valid during general season hours and dates; does not cover the cost of transportation; not valid for adults; advance registration required; value up to $7.75 per student)

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The 2018 Teacher of the Year Award is sponsored by Belin McCormick



  • 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.

Nominations will be open from May 1-mid September, 2019. Nominate a teacher



In late September 2019, 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, 2nd grade teacher, Lawson Elementary School, Johnston

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

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

2017: Sr. Donna Demmer, 5th grade teacher, Resurrection Catholic School, Dubuque

2018: Darice Pamperin, 3rd grade teacher, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, West Des Moines