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Locally nominated teacher wins U.S. History Teacher of the Year title


Elizabeth Hamer honored by Daughters of the American Revolution

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution named Wilsonville High School history teacher Elizabeth Hamer U.S. History Teacher of the Year. Standing with Hamer is Tualatin chapter member Marilyn Olson.Lake Oswego’s Tualatin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution nominated U.S. history teacher Elizabeth Hamer as its candidate in the Oregon State Society DAR district competition for teacher of the year. Hamer was deemed the winner of the state contest and advanced to the national competition, where she was named U.S. History Teacher of the Year.

Hamer teaches at Wilsonville High School and will teach U.S. history, AP U.S. history, World Wars of the 20th Century and AP European history this year. As part of her application for the selection, she wrote an essay about her “love of history, getting carried away trying to convey every detail of an event.”

“Elizabeth teaches with passion and enthusiasm,” said Wilsonville High School Principal Aaron Downs. “She is dedicated to teaching and to improving her craft, as she guides students in learning.”

Several members of the chapter were present at the state competition when Hamer was named state winner. Those who attended the 98th state conference held at the Alumni Center at Oregon State University were Pat Dorr, Joleen Sharp, Toby Hurley, Marilyn Olson and Genie Bunge.

The group has recently added new members including Jerolyn Alie, Laura Aust, Jan Crites, Beckie Parker, Kenzy Sorensen and Debbie Todd.

The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history and support better education for the nation’s children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 168,000 members in about 3,000 chapters worldwide, it is one of the largest and most active service organizations in the world. To learn more about Lake Oswego’s Tualatin chapter of DAR visit rootsweb.