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W-G educator wins teacher of the year

July 31, 2014

Civil War Trust members Sam Smith, left, and Jim Percoco present Waynesfield-Goshen High School teacher Joe Foster with the 2014 Teacher of the Year award July 18 in Atlanta. (Photo provided)

A Waynesfield-Goshen High School teacher was recently named the 2014 Teacher of the Year by the Civil War Trust for his work as a history teacher and with the school’s Civil War Brigade.

Joe Foster was presented with the award at the Civil War Trust’s National Teacher Institute in Atlanta on July 18. The ceremony was part of a three-day event that featured various speakers, workshops and Civil War battlefield tours.

“It’s a great honor to receive this award, especially coming from the Civil War Trust,” Foster said. “There’s probably no organization I respect more as far as what they they’ve done to help teachers teach the Civil War.
“To be honored by them is a very special thing.”

The Civil War Trust is national non-profit organization “devoted to the preservation of our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields,” according to its website. The trust also promotes educational programs to inform the public of the war’s history and the conflicts that sparked it.

Foster is entering his fifteenth year as an American history, world history, government and economics teacher at W-G. In addition, Foster teaches a one semester elective course dedicated to the Civil War.

For the full story, see the Thursday, July 31 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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