Teacher wins DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History Award
Windsor - posted Dec, 23 2013
WINDSOR - The Abigail Wolcott Ellsworth Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), located in Windsor, has announced that Christopher Todd, a social studies teacher at Windsor High School, has won the prestigious 2014 Connecticut DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History Award. One of the objectives of the DAR is to recognize notable teachers of American History and related fields, such as social studies, government, and citizenship, in grades five through 12. The candidates must have an incisive knowledge of American history and foster a spirit of patriotism and loyal support for our country and constitutional government. Each year DAR chapters around the state sponsor nominees for this award. Todd was nominated by Dr. Craig Cooke, interim superintendent of the Windsor schools, and sponsored by the Ellsworth Chapter. Todd began his teaching career at Windsor High School in August 2004. Now in his tenth year at the school, he has taught a variety of courses, on all levels, in all four grades. In addition, this fall Todd is teaching a new course he developed for the high school focusing on the U.S. military from 1890 to the present. In the classroom, Todd creatively engages his students in the course material, bringing energy to the classroom, while enthusiastically sharing his love of history. He tries to connect to every student and their respect for him is obvious. He is greatly admired by his students, fellow teachers, and administrators. This past June, Todd was selected as the 2013-2014 Windsor Teacher of the Year. Additional awards he has received include being selected as the 2013 Senior Fellow by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. He was also honored in 2013 by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. When not teaching, Todd participates in professional development, writes curriculum and serves as the social studies liaison. Additionally, he coaches both the girls and boys swim teams at the high school. Todd graduated from E. O. Smith High School in Storrs, received a BA in history from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2003, and a MA in public policy from Trinity College in Hartford in 2010. As the Connecticut winner of the DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History Award, Todd’s dossier has been forwarded to the DAR national offices in Washington, D.C., for further judging on the national level. He will be honored at an awards presentation at an upcoming meeting of the Ellsworth Chapter and also at the Connecticut DAR Spring Conference in 2014. Todd lives in Ellington with his wife and son.