Shannon Shelton has taught at the Douglas County Middle School and earned the title of 2014 Colorado History Teacher of the Year. “I was deemed at a very young age the keeper of the tales,” Shelton said in the Parker Chronicle. “The stories will die unless someone continued them.”
Shelton, who comes from a military family, started an annual Veterans’ Day ceremony in 2010 to honor veterans in Parker. By 2014, over 1,800 people attended the student-led event that she began, including her son and parents.
The ceremony had students who wrote letters to veterans, which were organized by war, put on a wall of honor. “What better way to learn about everything that’s involved with war and sacrifice than talking to real veterans and hearing their stories?” Shelton said in the article.
The Cimarron Middle School’s library is receiving an archive of history books and educational materials, named named a ‘Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School’ thanks to Shelton’s devotion.
Her 2014 National History Teacher of the Year award is given by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education.