Congratulations to DeLaSalle Social Studies teacher, Martin Marrin `77, who has been named one of ten finalists for the National History Teacher of the Year award by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. We extend our congratulations to this outstanding teacher, colleague, alumnus, and friend to generations of Islanders.
The national award is presented annually to a K-12 educator who demonstrates creativity and imagination in the classroom and effectively uses documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories, and other primary sources to engage students with American history.
Marrin was named the Minnesota History Teacher of the Year in July, which automatically qualified him for the National Teacher of the Year award. This is the second year in a row in which Minnesota has had a national finalist. As a state award winner, Marrin earned a cash prize and received an archive of books and historical resources. The Gilder Lehrman Institute narrows the field of 50 state winners to 10 national finalists.
The national winner is chosen by a panel of judges, including the previous national winner, renowned historians, professors, and teachers. The national winner will be announced the week of September 13th and will receive a $10,000 award and recognition at the national award ceremony.
Marrin has taught at DeLaSalle since 1999, primarily teaching AP US History to eleventh graders during his tenure. He launched and has been a driving force behind the Islanders’ unsurpassed success in the annual National History Day in Minnesota competition. He also serves as moderator of the DeLaSalle Quiz Bowl program, which has qualified for the National Championships for fifteen consecutive years.