Department of Defense Education Activity

Andrea Petz Named 2019 DoDEA History Teacher of the Year

For Immediate Release — June 27, 2019 | Pacific

Andrea Petz

Andrea Petz Named 2019 DoDEA History Teacher of the Year

ALEXANDRIA, VA — June 27, 2019 — A Seoul American Middle High School teacher lauded for achievements in American history education was tapped as the 2019 Department of Defense Education Activity History Teacher of the Year.

Andrea Petz, who most recently taught AP Government and Politics and US History in 11th and 8th grades, was selected for the top honor by a DoDEA panel of teachers, administrators, and scholars.

Ms. Petz began her DoDEA career in 2012. She holds a BA in International Studies and History with a minor in Spanish and a Master’s Degree in Education. During her 12 years as an educator, she has taught Spanish, drama, and a variety of social studies classes. Following June’s closure of the Seoul American Middle High School, she was selected to teach social studies at Ryukyu Middle School in Okinawa, Japan.

In recognition of her achievement, Ms. Petz will receive a $1,000 honorarium. Ryukyu Middle School will receive a core archive of American history books, educational materials and formal acknowledgement with a ceremony in Japan.

The award is sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Inaugurated in 2004, the award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US Territories.

The state winner is based upon several criteria, including: at least three years of classroom experience in teaching American history; a demonstrated commitment to teaching American history (including state and local history); evidence of creativity and imagination in the classroom; and effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories, and other primary resources to engage students with American history.

In the fall, the National History Teacher of the Year for 2019 will be selected from the pool of state winners.

Nominations for the 2020 History Teacher of the Year awards are now open. Students, parents, colleagues, and supervisors may nominate K-12 teachers for the award by visiting The deadline for 2019 nominations is March 31, 2020.

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Now celebrating its twenty-fifth 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 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.

About DoDEA

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the United States that serve children of military families.