Atkinson National History Day National Teacher of the Year Nominee

Atkinson National History Day Teacher of the Year Nominee
Posted on 04/11/2022
Lafayette High School Teacher teacher Marisa Atkinson has been nominated in the senior division of the National History Day (NHD) National Contest.

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April 11, 2022, College Park, MD–Two teachers from Mississippi have been nominated for the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award. Ms. Falana McDaniel, a teacher at Families United Training Center in Brookhaven, Mississippi has been nominated in the junior division of the National History Day (NHD) National Contest. Mrs. Marisa Atkinson, a teacher at Lafayette High School in Oxford, Mississippi has been nominated in the senior division of the National History Day (NHD) National Contest. The award is sponsored by Patricia Behring in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of students.

Each of the 58 National History Day affiliates may nominate one high school and one middle school teacher for this award, and Ms. McDaniel and Mrs. Atkinson are this year’s nominees from Mississippi. Every nominee for the $10,000 award is a teacher who demonstrates a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through the innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest. All nominees will receive $500 as a result of their nominations.

“This award recognizes the very best educators from across the nation and beyond,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “These educators are leaders and innovators in the teaching of history, and we are all the more impressed because of the extended difficult teaching circumstances due to the pandemic during the last year. I wish to congratulate both Ms. McDaniel and Mrs. Atkinson on their well-deserved nominations.”

The national winner will be selected by a committee of experienced teachers and historians, and announced on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at the National History Day National Contest Awards Ceremony to be held virtually due to COVID-19. Nominees’ work must clearly illustrate the development and use of creative teaching methods that engage students in history, and help them make exciting discoveries about the past.

About National History Day® (NHD):

NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The

National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by, HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Crown Family Foundation, The Better Angels Society, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. For more information, visit

About Mississippi History Day

Mississippi History Day (MHD) is a program of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, in partnership with the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. It encourages students in grades 6–12 to research and create unique projects that showcase their creativity, critical thinking skills, and love of history. MHD provides teachers with resources and research tools that will engage students and increase their confidence and knowledge of history. For more information, visit