Mrs. Laura Kessler, middle school Social Studies teacher at Sunapee Middle High School, has recently won the Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award from the National Council for Geographic Education. This award is given annually to approximately 15 teachers nationwide, honoring those who have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and learning of geography in the classroom. Mrs. Kessler is the only teacher from New Hampshire to be honored this year.
Mrs. Kessler is a teacher-consultant for the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance and the National Geographic Society. She has been a leader in social studies and geography education on the state level. Mrs. Kessler has been the State Coordinator for the National Student/Parent Mock Election in New Hampshire. Selected to serve on the committee responding to HB1151 Civic Education Bill for the state legislature, Mrs. Kessler was one of two New Hampshire teachers in that role. She was on the Test Development Committee for the sixth grade social studies state test during the 1990s, working primarily on geography questions. She was also selected to develop geography questions for the Comprehensive Social Studies Assessment Project, coordinated by American College Testing and the Council for Chief State School Officers, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Education. During one year, she was the state coordinator for Geography Awareness Week. Since coming to Sunapee, Mrs. Kessler has coordinated the Geography Bee program at the school. For the past several years, she has also been state coordinator for the Geographic Bee and has worked very hard to keep geography education in the public eye. Mrs. Kessler was also an executive board member for the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies for over seven years. In 2001, she was selected as the New Hampshire Social Studies Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations to Mrs. Laura Kessler, whose award will be presented in October at the National Conference on Geographic Education in San Marcos, Texas.


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