Dianne Hanegan, American History teacher at Friendswood High School, has been selected as the Outstanding Teacher of American History of the Year by the Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Each year, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution encourages all chapters to nominate an Outstanding Teacher of American History. The Jane Long Chapter of NSDAR in Pasadena nominated Dianne Hanegan, a teacher from Friendswood High School, as their “Outstanding Teacher of American History for 2014.”
In early January, Regent Susan Hazelwood was contacted by the State Historian, Cindy Rucker, that Hanegan has been selected as the first place winner in the State of Texas.
Hanegan teaches Advanced Placement United States History at Friendswood High School where she has taught for almost 24 years. She is also the sponsor of the FHS Constitution Club, the Asian American Club, and one of the coaches of the FHS Academic Octathlon Team.
During her career, she has coached numerous UIL Academic teams as well as sponsoring the National Honor Society.
“In her spare time, Dianne has visited 11 Presidential Homes, 7 Presidential Libraries, and 33 National Monuments or Battlefields. She has attended workshops sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities at these locations: Mount Vernon, Ellis Island, and Salem, Massachusetts. She has also accompanied FHS students to Washington, D.C. through the Close-Up Foundation. Mrs. Hanegan is also a Table Leader for the College Board, grading AP US History essays in Louisville, KY each summer,” Rucker wrote regarding Hanegan.
While Hanegan is a member of NSDAR, no points are given to members for that distinction. The dossiers are judged by three non-NSDAR members and based completely on each nominee’s essay, resume, and letters of recommendation, one of which must be written by a student.
The official ceremony for this award will take place at the TXDAR State Conference in San Antonio between March 5 – 8.
Hanegan’s dossier has advanced to the National competition for Outstanding Teacher of American History of the Year which is presented at the NSDAR Continental Congress in Washington, D.C. each June.
“Dianne Hanegan is an exemplary teacher and sponsor and Friendswood ISD is so fortunate to have someone like her on our high school staff. She has impacted so many students with her knowledge of American History. She is very deserving of both awards she has received at the local level and now Statewide,” Superintendent Trish Hanks said.