Craig Divis, Vermont Teacher of the Year 2010

Craig Divis, Vermont Teacher of the Year 2010

Craig Divis, Vermont Teacher of the Year 2010

My experience of being named the 2010 Vermont Teacher of the Year gave me the opportunity to speak to educators across the state of Vermont and the country on a topic of great importance to me – the importance of the Social Studies in schools.  As a Social Studies teacher, I obviously think that the subject is important, but I have also worked at promoting the importance of it throughout my school and district, as well as at the state and national level.  Social Studies is key to students learning how to be active, engaged citizens not just of their local communities and the country, but also of the world.

I have worked to promote the value and importance of the Social Studies by speaking at local organizations in my community, at universities, at statewide and national conferences, and even by working with teachers in South Africa during my experience there as a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher.

In being a board member of the Vermont Alliance for the Social Studies, as well as being an active member of the National Council for the Social Studies, I believe that the skills that students learn in the Social Studies classroom will help them be successful in whatever path they choose to take after high school.  As Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a 2011 article in Social Education, “Today more than ever, the social studies are not a luxury, but a necessity.”

Craig Divis is a high school Social Studies teacher at Bellows Falls Union High School in Bellows Falls, Vermont.  With a B.S. in Secondary Social Studies Education from Miami University in 2003, including minors in History and Political Science, he has a sincere interest in learning and teaching about the world.

At Bellows Falls, Divis serves as the Social Studies Department Coordinator, along with teaching World Cultures, Global Studies, World History II, AP European History, Senior Seminar, and other courses. He also serves as a member of the School Improvement Team, the Literacy Committee, the district Social Studies Curriculum Committee, and chairs the school’s NEASC Instruction Committee and Action Plan Literacy Committee. Also, Divis previously coached the school’s Scholars’ Bowl, Freshman Boys Basketball and Varsity Girls’ Tennis teams at Bellows Falls.

Outside of Bellows Falls, Divis also works with the Governor’s Institutes on Asian Cultures, and is currently a board member with the Vermont Alliance for the Social Studies (VASS).

In 2010, he was honored as the Vermont Teacher of the Year. Divis has also been recognized as a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher, which sent him to study and research in South Africa during the 2011-2012 school year.

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