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Clay Skinner Wins 2015 Outstanding Teacher of American History Award

image0001.jpgIMSA History Faculty Dr. Claiborne Skinner was recently named the 2015 Outstanding Teacher of American History by the National Society Daughters of the Colonial Wars (DCW), an organization that has promoted patriotism and the study of American history for nearly a century. Dr. Skinner was presented with the  award at a DCW meeting on April 24th, along with a $500 prize.

Dr. Skinner won the title of Outstanding Teacher of American History based on his application, which is an impressive and entertaining statement of his interest in the Colonial Wars. The piece explores his educational inspiration, saying that "[h]istory is not just something that happened at Jamestown or Bunker Hill. If you know how to look, it is under your feet wherever you are." It also includes humorous anecdotes such as, "[w]alking the streets of Chicago singing [the Canadian fur traders' song] chansons des jonleurs was not really a satisfying pastime and I concluded that I needed a canoe to sing them in."

Dr. Skinner the invited guest speaker at the September meeting of the Aurora Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and presented "Illinois and the American Revolution." In 2008 he was the recipient of the prestigious Illinois DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History Award and was also the national finalist.