Amanda Smith, a teacher of social studies at Beaufort County Early College High School and NC State graduate, has been named North Carolina History Teacher of the Year for 2014. The award is sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, The History Channel, and Preserve America. Amanda graduated with a Public History MA degree from NC State in 2011. Amanda published a book based on her research started while a graduate student at NC State entitled The Williamston Freedom Movement: A North Carolina Town’s Struggle for Civil Rights, 1957–1970. Congratulations Amanda!
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