Picture of RRMS Teacher Michelle Van Sant

Congratulations are in order for Rio Rancho Middle School teacher Michelle Van Sant for being named 2021 New Mexico History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

In 2021, parents, students, teachers, and administrators nationwide nominated a record 8,510 teachers for the History Teacher of the Year Award. Amidst a very competitive field, one of our very own RRPS teachers rose to the top in New Mexico.

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 2021, the National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of state winners.

In addition to a $1,000 honorarium, Rio Rancho Middle School will receive a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials and recognition at a ceremony in New Mexico.

We are so proud of you Ms. Van Sant and are so fortunate to have you igniting student potential at Rio Rancho Middle School!