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IDAHO HUMANITIES COUNCIL HONORS TWO OUTSTANDING HUMANITIES TEACHERS

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Capital High School teacher Edward Torgerson (Boise) and Lincoln Elementary School teacher Michael Bone (Rexburg) will receive awards next month from the Idaho Humanities Council for "Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities" on the high school and elementary school levels respectively. Torgerson and Bone will receive their awards in separate award ceremonies at their schools in Boise on Wednesday, March 30, and in Rexburg on Wednesday, March 16. The teachers will be recognized because of their passion for the humanities and their ability to inspire students through their love of their subject and their innovative teaching methods. Each teacher will receive $1,000 personally and $1,000 for their school to devote to improving the teaching of humanities.

Ed Torgerson is a 35-year veteran teacher of German, English, World History, Geography and Advanced Placement United States History. A former Social Studies Department Chair at Boise's Fairmont Junior High for 24 years, and a teacher at Capital High School since 1994, Torgerson is the chief editor of the Boise School District's History and Social Studies Curriculum and the co-founder of the Idaho Council for History Education. He will be honored among his peers at Capital High School on March 30 at 3 p.m.

Michael Bone has been teaching for six years for Rexburg's Madison School District #321, five years at Lincoln Elementary. Madison School District Principal Jeff Hawkes, who nominated Bone for IHC's award, praised Bone for his innovative methods of teaching reading and a variety of other subjects by creating theatrical plays, involving fourth grade students in a variety of productions, from Shakespeare's Macbeth to an original opera entitled Give Those Coconut Trees a Whack. He will be honored among his peers and students at Lincoln Elementary School at 1:30 p.m. on March 16.

IHC's awards for "Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities" are presented to an elementary and a secondary teacher biennially. For more information visit the Council's Web site at www.idahohumanities.org.