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Beaman Named Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year

George Washington’s Mount Vernon has awarded its 2022 History Teacher of the Year Award to Nellie Beaman, a History 6 teacher at Eagle Ridge Middle School.

The Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year Award is presented annually to one teacher in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C, area who brings creativity and passion to their teaching, generates a love of learning and deepens their students’ understanding and appreciation of history. School divisions included in the award area are Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford in Virginia and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore County, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's in Maryland.

Beaman will receive a $5,000 cash award, as well as funding for a trip to George Washington's Mount Vernon for her students. This trip will include bus transportation, tickets to the estate with a guided mansion tour and lunch vouchers. 

Beaman will be formally honored on October 11 at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. This library safeguards Washington’s books and manuscripts, approximately 1,500 18th-century books, as well as thousands of important 19th-century newspapers, manuscripts and documents. 

Beaman has been a Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) teacher for twelve years. She earned a Master of Science in Education with a middle school history endorsement and an elementary school endorsement from Old Dominion University. She has taken several Teaching American History graduate courses, as well as Loudoun County history classes. Additionally, Beaman participated in the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History classes at both Gettysburg College and Princeton University.

Published October 3, 2022