Teacher honored for bringing past to life
But for Laura DeRosa, its just another reason why she loves her job.
DeRosa's efforts haven't gone unnoticed.
Award recipients, who are nominated by students, colleagues and DAR members, are chosen based on their historical knowledge, commitment to students, patriotic spirit and ability to relate the past to the present.
"It's the ultimate compliment," she said, noting that Santoski's children are among her previous students. "Teaching the eighth grade is always entertaining and I love how my students are so eager to please, to learn."
"The kids really got into it," she said.
"They learned that there's a story to be told in each epitaph, the shape of the stones and the materials used to make them," DeRosa said. "You can learn a lot about society and the time period by visiting an old cemetery."
"She really encourages the kids," she said.
DeRosa, who was surprised with the award at the start of the school's annual volleyball tournament, was presented with flowers, a certificate and a copy of the book "Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution," by Nathaniel Philbrick.
She'll also have a shot at national title for NSDAR Outstanding Teacher of American History.