Chuck Taft, 8th grade American studies history teacher and History Department chair, was honored as State Outstanding Teacher of American History by the Wisconsin Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) on Saturday, April 27.
Taft was invited to give the keynote speech at the 123rd Wisconsin Society DAR conference in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Taft spoke about patriotism, explaining why the Declaration of Independence seeks to bridge the gap between the American ideal and the reality faced by Americans today.
As a result of his achievement, Taft advanced to the national competition. He was recognized for his outstanding work bringing American history to life, and for his ability to engage and excite his students. He was named the Gilder Lehrman Wisconsin History Teacher of the Year last year.
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.
DAR members volunteer millions of service hours annually in their local communities including supporting active duty military personnel and assisting veteran patients, awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and supporting schools for underserved children with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.