SMHS grad earns teaching honor

Pat Sullivan, a graduate of St. Maries High School and current teacher in Grangeville, was honored as History Teacher of the Year for 2019. Here he is seen with his wife Marilyn.

A St. Maries High School graduate was honored by a state organization for excellence in teaching.

A Grangeville teacher was named Idaho’s History Teacher of the Year by a national organization.

Pat Sullivan, a teacher at Grangeville High School, was honored with the award June 22 by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, an organization dedicated to American history education in K-12 schools. The group chooses one K-12 history teacher from each state, as well as U.S. territories and other areas, each year for the honor.

Mr. Sullivan was nominated by students, parents and colleagues in recognition of his passion for teaching. A graduate of both Lewis-Clark State College and the University of Idaho, he also owns and manages Central Idaho River Shuttles, which provides transportation for people rafting Idaho’s rivers.

In addition to an award of $1,000, Mr. Sullivan’s school will receive an archive of American history books and other educational materials from Gilder Lehrman at a recognition ceremony in Idaho.

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