Five Educators from Indiana Honored for Outstanding Teaching About Congress


Five Educators from Indiana Honored for Outstanding Teaching About Congress

Indianapolis, Ind. April, 18, 2002—Five Indiana social studies teachers, whose combined teaching experience exceeds sixty years in the classroom, received awards from The Center on Congress at Indiana University for Outstanding Teaching on the U. S. Congress.

Receiving awards were Michael T. Berry of Brownsburg Junior High School in Brownsburg, Matthew L. Gerber of Culver Academies in Culver, Michael Gordon of Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, Mary Scifres Grabianowski of Zionsville High School in Zionsville, and Pat Wilson of Bloomington North High School in Bloomington.

The award, for exemplary teaching about the U.S. congress, included $5,000 to each teacher. Lee Hamilton, a former congressman from Indiana and director of the IU Center on Congress, and Suellen Reed, Indiana superintendent of public instruction, presented the honors at the Great Lakes Regional Conference hosted by the Indiana Council for the Social Studies in Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention Center.

“At a time when there is a great distrust of government and widespread cynicism, these outstanding teachers have done a service by helping young people get past that cynicism and lack of trust to come to a better understanding of Congress and to see how it really does work,” said Hamilton, who served for 34 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“One of the primary purposes of education is the perpetuation of American democracy,” Reed added. “Our students must understand how our government works in order to appreciate it, to support it and to defend it. This awards program recognizes teachers who teach about Congress in exemplary ways.”

This is the third year for the award, which is sponsored by the Cummins Engine Foundation in Columbus, Ind. The Outstanding Teacher Award is presented annually to social studies teachers at the middle or high school level who have made exemplary efforts in teaching about the U.S. Congress.