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Political Science Alumna Honored as American Lawyers Alliance Teacher of the Year

Political science alumna and Blackfoot High School teacher Holly Kartchner was recently named “Teacher of the Year” by the American Lawyers Alliance.

Political Science Alumna Honored as American Lawyers Alliance Teacher of the Year

The American Lawyers Alliance is a charitable and educational non-profit organization whose mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of the law and the American legal system. The award highlights outstanding contributions in the field of law-related education. Two high school and one middle school teacher were chosen for this award.

“It is really important that we recognize students and educators for developing young people to be contributing members of society and to increase their knowledge of our constitutional democracy in order to maintain our system of government,” Kartchner said.

Kartchner can add this award to her long list of accomplishments, including an American Civic Education Teacher Award, the Boise Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching, an Idaho Teacher of the Year Award from the American Legion and the Blackfoot School District Indian Education Award.

For the past nine years Kartchner’s students have won the state’s “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition and have traveled to the national competition in Washington, D.C. In 2015, the team received the Region Award for the Western States and was ranked in the top 15 in the nation. This is the highest award ever received by an Idaho school.

“The College of Arts & Letters is very proud of Holly,” said Dean Kandi Turley-Ames. “She is an exceptional teacher who genuinely cares about her students learning about the world in which they live. She is truly the best of the best.”

Kartchner received her Master of Arts in Political Science and U.S. History in 2009. She currently teaches Early College government and U.S. history at BHS.