AGUADILLA, PUERTO RICO — June 17, 2021 — Todd Cobb, a teacher at Ramey School in Puerto Rico, has been named the Department of Defense Education Activity History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
“Mr. Todd Cobb has been instrumental to Ramey for several years. He is dedicated to his students and understands the need to meet each student where they are at, set goals with them, and cheer them on to the finish line,” said Dr. Jacob Sherwood, who is the community superintendent for DoDEA schools in Puerto Rico. “Over the years Mr. Cobb has served Ramey students in many capacities in the classroom, as well as an extra-curricular sponsor and coach. He has always given his all to help students be successful. I’m happy to see that Mr. Cobb is being recognized for his hard work and commitment. We are privileged and proud to have him as a Ramey Bomber!”
Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. territories.
“This award represents years of positive influence from fellow educators, who have provided inspiration and mentorship,” said Cobb.
In recognition of his achievement, Cobb received a $1,000 honorarium, and Ramey School received a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials.
In 1991, Todd Cobb earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, and in 1999 he completed his master’s degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Cobb taught in the state of Michigan prior to joining the Department of Defense Education Activity at Ramey School, where he has been teaching for 16 years.
Cobbs’ passion for history is evident in his classroom, as he guides students to connect the historical past to the present. His students are actively engaged in classroom instruction within a structured, invigorating environment that values research, analyzing historical documents and collaboration.
Now celebrating its 25th year, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History was founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, visionaries and lifelong supporters of American history education. The institute is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 history education, while also serving the general public. Its mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.
At the institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. Drawing on the 70,000 documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and an extensive network of eminent historians, the institute provides teachers, students and the general public with direct access to unique primary source materials.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is supported through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. More information is available at https://www.gilderlehrman.org/.