Cherokee Trail High School social studies teacher Megan Webb was named “Outstanding Teacher of American History" by the Colorado State National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) on April 25. She was nominated by the Toll Gate Creek NSDAR chapter, one of 42 NSDAR chapters across the state, and she will represent Colorado at the NSDAR Continental Congress held in July in Washington, DC.
Webb teaches International Baccalaureate 20th Century History, Advanced Placement U. S. History, American History, International Relations, Contemporary World Issues and World Geography at Cherokee Trail. She is also an adjunct professor at the Community College of Aurora, where she teaches United States History 201 and United States History 202.
A National Board Certified social studies teacher, Webb believes that all students can be challenged and grow in her classroom; that history is relevant to all students; and that it is her job to make history accessible to them. She strives to push her students to grow in their depth of historical knowledge, application of historical skills and strengthen their concepts of citizenship.
In the NSDAR announcement of her selection, Webb said she expects students to see history in terms of chronological movements, but also in thematic terms. She wants her students to look beyond the facts and faces of history and to enter “into the historical concert to make meaningful and significant connections to their past.” She finds this crucial when teaching American history and “deems it a great honor to provide a stage for her students to relate to and examine our unique historical fabric.”
The NSDAR “Outstanding Teacher of American History" award is one of many honors Webb has received. She was named a National Society of High School Scholars winner in 2006 and 2007 and a Nobel Educator of Distinction in 2009. She received the Outstanding Educator Award in 2008 and 2009 and was an Apple Award Nominee in 2006 and 2007.
Webb has assisted in writing world history exam questions to align with the new social studies exam for Colorado seniors, and she is currently working on co-editing a historiography textbook to assist IB and AP teachers.