A teacher from Frisco ISD’s Fowler Middle School has been recognized by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History as the 2017 Texas History Teacher of the Year.
Patience LeBlanc, eighth grade U.S. history teacher and social studies instructional coach, was selected by a panel of teachers, administrators and scholars for achievements in American history education.
Winners were chosen based on the following factors:
- A demonstrated commitment to teaching American history (including state and local history)
- Evidence of creativity and imagination in the classroom
- Effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories and other primary sources to engage students with American history
LeBlanc is known for leading students in a variety of hands-on activities that sometimes include getting into costume. Colleagues say she brings high expectations to the classroom and excels at differentiating instruction based on students’ needs.
“There could not have been a better teacher selected for this prestigious award,” said Donnie Wiseman, principal of Fowler Middle School. “Mrs. LeBlanc is a leader of our social studies department at Fowler and is a devoted and engaging educator. She has extensive knowledge of her content and she presents it to her students with passion. We are proud of all that she has accomplished.”
LeBlanc has worked at several Frisco ISD schools over the years and has served as a curriculum writer and presenter of professional development. She won the Leon Jaworksi Awards for Teaching Excellence in Law Focused Education in 2005.
As a state-wide winner of History Teacher of the Year, she will receive a $1,000 award, certificate of recognition, archive of books and historical resources and invitation to attend a 2018 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar.
LeBlanc will also be recognized during a formal ceremony and will be considered for the national award, which comes with a $10,000 prize. The national winner will be named this fall.
Learn more about the award here.