B.J. Herrick, UNI instructor in teaching, (319) 273-2347
Jim O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- B.J. Herrick, instructor in the Department of Teaching at the University of Northern Iowa's Price Laboratory School (PLS), has been selected by the Iowa Council for the Social Studies (ICSS) as the Iowa High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year.
According to the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS), the annual award honors the outstanding performance of teachers, researchers, and other worthy individuals and programs, and encourages unique and innovative social studies education projects.
'Her infectious love for teaching and learning spreads to even the most difficult students,' said Lee Weber, PLS social studies department chair. 'We social studies teachers get all the kids -- including the ones who don't care to be in school, let alone in our classes. B.J. connects with those students.'
Herrick holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and government from Manhattan College in Riversdale, New York; and a masters degree in counseling psychology from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She has participated in more than 250 hours of seminars sponsored by the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, Pa., and international study seminars in China and Japan. She has written articles for three national publications and has made scholarly presentations at seven different national, regional and international conferences.
This award is one of many local, state, national and international honors Herrick has received in 33 years of teaching. She has been an active member of the NCSS for more than 30 years and a member of the ICSS for 14 years where she served as vice-president the last two years. She also is a member of the Social Studies Supervisors Association and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
As winner of the Iowa award, Herrick has been nominated for the NCSS Teacher of the Year award.