I am deeply honored in being named the Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding American History Teacher. It has been my vocation to teach young minds the story of our country and I have relished it. Being recognized is humbling and rewarding at the same time.
I have great respect for the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In my first check-bearing job at age 17, I shelved books in a library in my hometown. The head librarian was an officer in the DAR at the State level. I accompanied her to pick up books donated by DAR members; gathered supplies for a DAR luncheon that she was hosting: and listened to stories of her efforts with the DAR. Mrs. Inez Kendall imbued in me a respect for the importance of honoring our past and tracing back your heritage to people in your lineage that were in the crossroads of history. So, when Gail Mattus approached me with a nomination for this award, I was moved by its significance. This was the organization that I had been weaned on in my formative years prior to becoming a History teacher.
So, THANK YOU DAR FOR SUCH AN HONOR!