Beau Dickenson, RCPS Coordinator of Social Studies, provided the following introduction at her acceptance ceremony:
“I am here to introduce my colleague, Mrs. Jennifer Ennis of Broadway High School as the Daughters of the American Revolution’s History Teacher of the Year. As teachers, Mrs. Ennis and I not only want to thank you for this recognition, but we also appreciate your efforts on behalf of civic engagement, historical preservation, and social studies education.
Teachers in Rockingham County have the benefit of teaching history in truly historic surroundings. The past certainly comes alive in a landscape dominated by old homesteads, historic churches, long-ago battlefields, ancient rivers, and scenic vistas. From Blue Ridge expedition of Governor Alexander Spotswood to the classrooms of Ms. Lucy Simms, the legacy of the past certainly endures in Rockingham County. It also endures in room #221 at Broadway High School.
Mrs. Jennifer Ennis is a teacher that makes that past come alive for her students. She’s not only a wonderful storyteller that gets students excited about history, but she supplements her instruction with hands-on activities that compel students to apply this knowledge as well. Her students certainly gain immense knowledge, but they also build valuable skills by analyzing primary resources like letters, documents, photographs, and political cartoons. Her students not only learn history, they learn to analyze history, but most importantly, Mrs. Ennis instills in them a love of history.”