Five Educators from Indiana Honored for Outstanding Teaching About Congress




Indianapolis, Ind. March 2003— Five Indiana social studies teachers, whose combined teaching experience exceeds seventy 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 Carol Conrad, Twin Lakes High School, Monticello, IN; Jeff Phillips, Lewis Cass Jr. – Sr. High School, Walton, IN; Linda Smoot, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, Indianapolis, IN; and Michael P. Raters, Franklin Central High School, Indianapolis, IN.

The award, for exemplary teaching about the United States Congress, included $5,000 to each teacher. A representative of The Center on Congress and Dr. Suellen Reed, Indiana superintendent of public instruction, presented the honors at the annual conference of the Indiana Council for the Social Studies in Indianapolis at the St. Vincent Marten House.

“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 representative democracy 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 fourth 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.