A London native has been named the 2014 Ohio History Teacher of the Year.
Melanie Parsons Stuthard, a 1992 graduate of London High School, was given the recognition by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY®, and Preserve America for her outstanding work in the classroom.
Stuthard currently teaches eighth grade history in the Revere School district near Akron. She is the daughter of Rick and Laura Parsons of Lake Choctaw, and the daughter-in-law of Allen and Doris Stuthard of London.
A panel of teachers, administrators, and academics from throughout the state chose Stuthard for her use of primary documents in the classroom, the level of inspiration she provides to her students and her career achievements in education, according to a press release.
As the 2014 Ohio History Teacher of the Year, Stuthard will receive a $1,000 award, a certificate of recognition, an archive of books and historical resources presented in her name to her school’s library, and an invitation to attend a 2015 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar.
She is also a finalist for the $10,000 National History Teacher of the Year Award. The winner of the national competition will be announced in the early fall.
“We are proud to recognize Stuthard for her commitment to the study and love of American history,” a spokesperson said.
Stuthard lives in Uniontown, Ohio, with her husband, Andy, and son, Ryan.