Lindsay Brinkmann, a teacher at DeLand High School, has been named the 2021 Florida History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.


In 2021, parents, students, teachers, and administrators nationwide nominated a record 8,510 teachers for the History Teacher of the Year Award. Amidst a very competitive field, Mrs. Brinkmann rose to the top in Florida.


Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US Territories. In fall 2021, the National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of state winners.


Mrs. Brinkmann teaches students in the IB and AP history courses and is pursuing her Doctoral degree in Education. She has been a DeLand Bulldog for ten years.


In addition to a $1,000 honorarium, Mrs. Brinkmann's school will receive a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials and recognition at a ceremony in Florida.


The 10 finalists for the National History Teacher of the Year Award will be announced on Thursday, September 9, with the national winner announced later that month. An in-person ceremony for the winner will be held in late fall 2021, health and safety protocols permitting.