By KEITH RYAN CARTWRIGHT
Rutherford County Schools
Dustin Brannon always knew he was going to be a teacher.
He just did not always know he was going to teach history. More specifically, the Murfreesboro native didn’t know he was going to teach eighth-grade history, but he had two younger sisters and he always liked helping them with their homework.
When it came time to choose a career in the classroom, Brannon knew he had an inherent desire to teach.
Brannon was recently rewarded for his passion.
The eighth-grade history teacher from Rocky Fork Middle School has been named the 2019 State History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Gilder Lehrman is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. territories.
“I was kind of shocked,” Brannon said.
He added, “I had to take a double take. I thought they were just going to say, ‘Congratulations on being nominated, but we went with someone else’ or something like that.”
In addition to a $1,000 honorarium, Brannon will receive a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials for Rocky Fork Middle and recognition at a ceremony here in Tennessee.