Ms. Chellette Mina San Nicolas, an Upper School History teacher at St. John’s School was nominated for the 2020 Hannah E. (Liz) MacGregor Teacher of the Year award. The MacGregor Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by the former National History Day Board of Trustees president, Dr. James F. Harris, in honor of his late sister, and is awarded to one high school teacher annually.
Ms. San Nicolas has been a teacher since 2010 and joined the St. John’s School Knights family in 2017 where she now teaches AP US History, American History, IB History at the Higher Level, and the History of Micronesia. Ms. San Nicolas is also the advisor for the SJS National History Day Team for the Senior Division, a teacher advisor for Mock Trial, an advisor for the National Honor Society, and a co-advisor for the SJS Mandaña Club.
Each of the 58 National History Day affiliates may nominate one high school teacher for this award, and Ms. San Nicolas is the senior division nominee from Guam. Every nominee for the $10,000 award is a teacher who demonstrates a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest. All nominees will receive $500 each, as a result of their nominations.