Orseno named 2023 Ohio History Teacher of the Year

Marilyn Orseno, a teacher at North Royalton High School, was recently named the 2023 Ohio History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. 

After being nominated by her colleagues, a panel of Ohio teachers and administrators selected Orseno as the winner based on the following criteria: a commitment to teaching American history, a creative and imaginative classroom and the use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories and other primary sources to engage students.

The award honors Orseno’s achievements and thanks her for her outstanding work and dedication to educating her students about American History. 

“Mrs. Orseno does a fantastic job engaging her students in the analysis of history,” said North Royalton High School Principal Sean Osborne. “She provides fun and interesting activities that push her students to delve deep into the content to reach an appreciation and useful understanding of how history has affected and will continue to affect their lives.”

As the 2023 Ohio History Teacher of the Year, Orseno will receive $1,000, a certificate recognizing her achievement, an archive of books and historical resources and ceremonial recognition. She is one of 53 finalists for the $10,000 National History Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in October.

“The study of history teaches so many lessons that inform the present,” said Orseno. “I love to reference the idea that ‘history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme’ in the classroom. Also, historical moments and people of history are complex that require analytical and critical thinking skills that historians use in the profession. I love having the opportunity to equip students with the tools to peel back these complex layers – as some of my students will recall, ‘history is an onion.'” ∞

Photo: Marilyn Orseno has been named the 2023 Ohio History Teacher of the Year. Photo submitted.