Scott Clarke Named 2016 Hawai‘i History Teacher of the Year

HONOLULU—Scott Clarke, a social studies teacher at H.P. Baldwin High School, was officially recognized as the 2016 Hawaiʻi History Teacher of the Year, an award sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and facilitated locally by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities (HCH), at the Schools of the Future Conference on October 21, 2016. He received a cash award of $1,000.

Started in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award is intended to highlight the crucial importance of history education by honoring outstanding American history teachers from elementary school through high school. Every year one exceptional K-12 teacher is recognized from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. territories.

Clarke has taught United States history, world history and modern history of Hawai‘i for over 21 years at Baldwin High School. He is also currently the Social Studies Department Chair at his school. Clarke, a national board-certified teacher, inspires in his students a passion for history by providing a comfortable classroom environment for them to explore new ideas and express their opinions. He encourages his students to speak their minds and participate in democracy. His focus in the classroom is on building strong relationships first and then blending in the rigor and relevance to engage his students in the learning of history.

In addition to the $1,000 award, Clarke also received an invitation to a 2017 Gilder Lehrman Teacher seminar, a weeklong program which offers teachers daily discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites and hands-on work with primary sources. The library at Baldwin High School will also receive a core archive of history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Clarke is the 11th educator to be honored as the state’s top history teacher.

HCH has been the local facilitator of the Hawaiʻi History Teacher of the Year Award since 2006. Elementary school teachers (grades K through 6) and middle and high school teachers (grades 7 through 12) are honored in separate categories in alternate years. Teachers can be nominated for either award throughout the year. In 2017, an elementary school teacher will be honored. For more information about the nomination process, visit

The Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect people with ideas that broaden perspectives, enrich lives and strengthen communities. In addition to its grants program, HCH conducts educational programs, including Hawai‘i History Day and Motheread/Fatheread® Hawai‘i.