History Teacher of the Year Award

Daniel Lewer from Honokaʻa High and Intermediate School is the winner of the 2020 Gilder Lehrman Institute State Teacher of the Year Award.



Mr. Lewer teaches social studies to 9-12 graders: AP US History, US History, World History, Participation in Democracy, and Modern History of Hawai’i. He believes in creating a true sense of wonder in the classroom, and loves to make his students “struggle” in ways that encourage them to think more fully about complex historical issues that have left indelible tangible marks on the ways we understand the present. 

Mr. Lewer’s belief in providing rich accessible content to students, entwined with his commitment to teaching excellence, prompted him to create History for Humans, which “is devoted to empowering teachers with dynamic and relevant history lessons for students so they are challenged, supported, and engaged in history that matters.”




Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities is the proud administrator of the annual Gilder Lehrman Institute Teacher of the Year award, that recognizes exceptional K–12 American history teachers across the country. The State winner receives a $1,000 cash prize, an archive of books and historical resources, and an invitation to attend a 2021 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar.

The mission of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources. It houses a tremendous archive of over 70,000 documents, and administers a network of eminent historians, and is dedicated to providing teachers, students, and the general public with direct access to unique primary source materials.

Nominations for the 2021 History Teacher of the Year Award are now open! Click here to nominate a history teacher who makes a difference in your life.