Mr. Kevin Cline, a Ball State alumni from Marion, Indiana, has been named as The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s 2016 National History Teacher of the Year!
Mr. Cline graduated magna cum laude from both the Ball State Honors College and the Department of History’s undergraduate Social Studies Education program in 2005. He subsequently graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Secondary Education from the Teachers College at Ball State (2011), and now serves as an instructor and Department Chair for the Social Sciences at Frankton High School in Frankton, Indiana. Here, it was recently noted by The Gilder Lehrman Institute, he frequently incorporates the use of “innovative digital tools” such as social media outlets and smartphone applications, to enhance his student’s experience in the study of history. “I am so incredibly honored and humbled to have been chosen for this award, especially when I consider the vast multitude of amazing educators around the country,” Cline said in a recent release published by the institute: “As honored as I am, however, it doesn’t match the privilege I have, every day, to work with the best kids. There is not a single good thing that happens in our classroom that isn’t because of them.”
Mr. Cline attended a ceremony recognizing his accomplishment on Monday, October 24th, at the Yale Club in New York City, where the $10,000 award for the 2016 National History Teacher of the Year was presented to him. In addition, Cline will receive The Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Indiana-state History Teacher of the Year award, a prize of $1,000 given in addition to a gift of books and other resources, which will be allocated to Frankton High. Each of us here at the Ball State University Department of History wish to issue a sincere and well-deserved “Congratulations!” to Mr. Cline and his students!