Deborah Bridges, a board member for District Two, said she was encouraged by Mahaffey’s principal, Hugh McKennon, to apply for the award. The White House started “Preserve America” initiative in 2004 in conjuntion with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. History teachers from around the country can submit applications to be considered for the award. A finalist is then picked from all 50 states, United States territories and the Department of Defense education. Teachers from elementary school on up to high school are eligible. Bridges was the finalist from the Department of Defense Education Activity.
Bridges taught seventh grade in Trigg County for 27 years and after all these years, she said she still loves teaching. She applied for her current job in 1999 and said she has been happy ever since.
“[The students’] enthusiasm, I see it in their eyes,” she said. “It keeps me going.”
Bridges had to put a lot of thought and effort into her application for History Teacher of the Year Award. One of the things she to send in was a video of one of her lessons. She recorded it on the last day of school, so things were pretty hectic and she wasn’t sure if she was going to get it done in time. That day, she taught her students about General Sherman’s march through Georgia during the Civil War.
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