Coral Springs Social Studies Teacher Honored for Inventive Work

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Coral Springs Social Studies Teacher Honored for Inventive Work

Annejeanette Washington Collins {BCPS}

By Kevin Deutsch

Annejeanette Washington Collins, a social studies teacher at Ramblewood Middle School, has won a prestigious teaching award for her innovative work in the classroom.

Collins was named winner of the Dr. Theron Trimble Florida Social Studies Teacher of the Year for Middle School award, Broward County Public Schools announced Monday.

The Florida Council bestows the honor for the Social Studies, a professional organization since the 1950s. The council and the National Council for the Social Studies sponsor annual conferences to promote public awareness of social studies education.

A successful postcard writing campaign to NASA was among Collins’ most inventive teaching techniques. The federal space agency sent the student missives off into space, then returned them to the young letter-writers in Coral Springs.

Also, Collins deployed many other creative techniques to get students absorbed in American history, democracy, and the lives of famous figures.

The award, given to Collins, “recognizes exceptional and innovative teachers for creating meaningful lessons for their students and advocating for social studies education,” the school district said.

“Collins is honored for her passion for bringing lessons to life in her classroom through innovative projects.”

Collins is one of three winners of the 2022 award, which recognizes outstanding elementary, middle, and high school teachers.

The award will be presented on October 15, 2022, during the council’s annual conference in Orlando.

In addition to Monday’s honor, Collins has been honored twice as Broward County Public Schools Social Studies Teacher of the Year. She was also named Social Studies Teacher of the Year at Ramblewood Middle School.

Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright said social studies education is essential to American democracy.

“Our democracy is dependent upon students receiving outstanding instruction in social studies, which includes an understanding of our country’s history and an appreciation for the rights and freedoms we share as Americans,” the superintendent said.

“We are very proud of [Annejeanette] Collins.”

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Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.

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