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AIS’s Andy Beyer Named 2018 Oregon History Teacher of the Year

Andy Beyer - 2018 Oregon History Teacher of the Year

[Woodburn, Ore.] Andy Beyer, a teacher at the Academy of International Studies on the Woodburn High School campus, has been named the 2018 Oregon History Teacher of the Year. It is an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.

Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US Territories. In fall 2018, the National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of state winners.

Andy Beyer is a 1997 graduate of Woodburn High School and he received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Oregon followed by a master’s degree in teaching from Western Oregon University.  He began teaching in Woodburn schools in 2002. He and his family moved back to Woodburn in 2010 to be a part of the community that he teaches in and have his two boys, Kellen and Quinn, attend Woodburn schools and participate in the dual language program. He creates an engaging classroom culture where students begin to see the world from many different perspectives. His classroom is a place where all students believe they can be successful and his teaching is designed to help them achieve the high standards set by the International Baccalaureate program.

In addition to a $1,000 honorarium and an award ceremony in Oregon, Beyer’s school library at Woodburn High School will receive a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials. Beyer will also receive an invitation to a 2019 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a weeklong program that offers teachers daily discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites, and hands-on work with primary sources.

The National History Teacher of the Year award will be presented by Professor Edward Ayers at a ceremony in New York City on October 10, 2018. Past presenters at the ceremony include the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts, First Lady Laura Bush, former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Nominations for the 2019 History Teacher of the Year awards are now open. Students, parents, colleagues, and supervisors may nominate K-12 teachers for the award by visiting The deadline for 2019 nominations is March 30, 2019.


The Woodburn School District provides a world-class education to over 5,600 students in grades K-12 across four elementary, two middle and five small high schools. We offer challenging academics that include all-day kindergarten, dual language instruction, Advanced Placement courses, and the International Baccalaureate diploma. We embrace innovation in our instructional practices with teams of teachers working together for student progress. Woodburn graduation rates are 12 percent higher than the state average, and even higher for disadvantaged student populations. For more information about Woodburn School District, visit www.woodburnsd.orgor like us on Facebook (WSD103).


Founded in 1994 by philanthropists Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources. Drawing on the 65,000 documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and an extensive network of eminent historians, the Institute provides teachers, students, and the general public with direct access to unique primary source materials. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.