The Texas State Historical Association (TSHS) recently announced the recipients of the 2018 Mary Jon and J. P. Bryan Leadership in Education Awards. The Bryan Awards are given annually to recognize outstanding history educators at both the K-12 and college levels. Aldine ISD educator Daniel Perugini is the K-12 Award winner. He is a teacher at Stovall Middle School.
Perugini and the college Award recipient Allen Hamilton will each be awarded a certificate and a check for $5,000 on March 1 at TSHA’s Annual Meeting in Corpus Christi.
Perugini is in his 35th year of teaching at Stovall Middle School. The history teacher also serves as the school’s History Department Chair. In TSHS’ award announcement, Perugini is recognized for routinely sending a number of his students to the regional- and state-level Texas History Day competitions. The association also noted that Perugini founded a Junior Historians of Texas chapter at his campus. The chapter encourages students to engage with their community’s local history. His hard work inside and outside of the classroom has consistently placed Perugini within the top three teachers in his district for his students’ state STAAR scores.
Mary Katherine Marshall, director of educational services for the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) and coordinator of the Texas History Day program, was present during the AISD 2019 Regional History Fair Awards Ceremony. She shared with students and parents the legacy of AISD’s history program and the number of students that have advanced and won at the national contest. It was Marshall who announced Perugini’s accomplishments and the honor TSHA bestowed on him.
Hamilton is a professor at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio. He has taught Texas history for nearly four decades and is a three-time Bryan Award finalist. In addition to his work at St. Philip’s College, Hamilton has authored seven books and has been published in a number of other books and historical journals.
Perugini and Hamilton will be honored at the Fellows Luncheon and Awards Presentation to be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, March 1 during TSHA’s Annual Meeting at the Omni Hotel Corpus Christi. Visit TSHS online to purchase tickets to the Annual Meeting and the Awards Luncheon.
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