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Harris teacher named history day teacher of the year

NEISD Teacher, Dottie Griffith, was recently named the Regional National History Day Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Griffith is a sixth grade social studies teacher at Harris Middle School.

Mrs. Griffith has been involved with the National History Day (NHD) competition for ten years and has been working with NHD students at Harris since the school opened seven years ago. Under Mrs. Griffith's direction, Harris students routinely place at the Regional NHD Competition, advancing to the State Competition and often placing there as well.

Two years ago a performance group from Harris, coached by Mrs. Griffith, won the State Competition and placed eighth at the National Competition in Washington, D.C. This year four students placed at the Regional Competition and three will be advancing to the State Competition. At the Texas Junior Historians competition this past weekend, all of Mrs. Griffith's students medaled with 12 of the 15 receiving 1st place medals.

"The way Dottie works with students to bring their research and projects to such a rigorous academic level is inspiring." said Sheriden DeCastro,fellow teacher at Harris.

"My NHD experiences with Mrs. Griffith have uncovered a passion for history in me and helped me to be a more confident student," said Katie West, Harris NHD student who has advanced to the State Competition the past two years.

Kristina Moser, Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for NEISD, introduced Mrs. Griffith at the Regional NHD Competition's awards ceremony where she was honored and presented with a plaque and gift card.

Kristina Moser, Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for NEISD, and Dottie Griffith, NHD Regional Teacher of the Year and sixth grade social studies teacher at Harris Middle School.Social Studies Curriculum Specialist Kristina Moser (Right) presents Dottie Griffith's plaque.

Posted on Mar. 25, 2013