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Thurston High History Teacher Named 2022 Oregon History Teacher of the Year

Springfield, OR (August 4th, 2022): Thurston High History Teacher, Tyler Nice, is the 2022 Oregon History Teacher of the year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  A panel of teachers, administrators, and scholars from Oregon selected Nice for his achievements in American history education.


“I combine my passion for history and government in my classroom,” Nice said. “I create a classroom atmosphere in which history and political science are directly correlated to students’ lives in relevant and meaningful ways.”

In addition to a $1,000 honorarium, Nice receives a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials, recognition at a local ceremony in his honor, and becomes one of 53 finalists for the 2022 National History Teacher of the Year Award.

This is not the first time Nice has been honored for his exceptional teaching. In 2019, Nice was named James Madison Fellow, representing the state of Oregon. 

Nice began his SPS career in 2002 when he was hired to teach at Hamlin Middle School. He joined the Thurston High team in 2009.