The Zane's Trace Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, is pleased to announce the Ohio State Daughters of the American Revolution 2017 Outstanding American History Teacher award recipient -- Sarah Steele. Sarah teaches American History at St Clairsville Middle School.
Sarah's interest in history began at an early age, reading with and learning about history from her grandfather.
Her teaching philosophy is to provide an environment where students can learn critical thinking skills that will prepare students for college and the working world. Focusing on more than facts, dates and formulas. She wants to ensure her students can understand and explain the significance of the historical event. Sarah encourages her student's creativity by the students creating multimedia projects looking at art and literature as a reflection of historical time periods and events.
Sarah provides a well rounded history education for her students through outside the classroom experience. She achieves this by bringing in an Abraham Lincoln historian and a historian who works on Gettysburg reenactments to speak with her students, as well as a World War II veteran and a Holocaust survivor. The student experience culminates with a class trip to visit the World War II memorial and Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C..
The students are so engaged in these studies that they began asking. For a Europe trip to visit the actual sites. Every 3 years, Sarah, her students and their parents, travel to France and Germany to study and learn more about WWII history. The summer of 2016, Sarah and students visited the American Cemetery at Normandy, on the anniversary of D-Day. Many veterans travel back to Normandy in commemoration of the event and the students had the opportunity to meet with them.
Sarah obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History from Miami University, where she was a member of Phi Delta Theta (a history honors fraternity), a member of the Pre-Law Society and a member of Pi Beta Phi Society. She received a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the National Louis University in Chicago.
She also holds many honors and achievements including: contributing author to Encyclopedia of American History (Random House 2002), Deans list, Habitat for Humanity, Links to Literacy program, documentation of historical events for Miami University archives, Goodyear International Scholarship, ETS Recognition of Excellence for Social Studies Content Knowledge.