Barrington Middle School educator wins teaching award

Mary Roberts has won the 2014 Rhode Island DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History Award.

Mary Roberts has won the 2014 Rhode Island DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History Award.

Mary Roberts has won the 2014 Rhode Island DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History Award.

The Bristol Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution announced that Barrington Middle School teacher Mary Roberts has won the 2014 Rhode Island DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History Award.

According to a press release from the society, Mrs. Roberts goes beyond offering lectures or reading assignments in her approach to teaching history.

“Mrs. Roberts creatively engages her students in the course material, bringing energy to the classroom, while enthusiastically sharing her love of history,” stated a press release. “Her use of ‘muscular history’ gets students involved in their learning through simulations, plays, reenactments, debates and more.”

Mrs. Roberts was quick to credit her fellow teachers — Mr. McFarland, Mrs. Andreozzi and Mrs. Williams — as well as parental support.

DAR regularly works to recognize notable teachers of American history in grades five through 12. “The candidates must have an incisive knowledge of American history and foster a spirit of patriotism and loyal support for our country and constitutional government,” stated the release.

Dr. Helen Barboza, a Bristol Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution historian, nominated Mrs. Roberts.

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