The Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR) awarded Mrs. Sheena Haney, a fifth grade teacher at D.G Cooley Elementary School in Berryville, Clarke County, Virginia, its prestigious Teacher of the Year Award.
The annual VASSAR Teacher of the Year competition is open to all 26 Chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution in the State of Virginia, and is given to a teacher for excellence in teaching American History of the era of the American Revolution. The Colonel James Wood, II Chapter that covers the area of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, nominated Mrs. Haney for the competition.
Mrs. Haney has taught for 4 years in the Clarke County schools, at the 4th & 5th grade level. She has a degree in elementary education, and for one of her teaching assignments is tasked with the teaching the history of the Revolutionary War.
Mrs. Haney has taken a unique approach to teaching the history of the American Revolution. Four years ago she scripted a play about the Revolutionary War (based on the Virginia Standards of learning – SOL); she purchased props for her students so they can act out the role of a character from the Revolutionary period. She has used the play as a teaching tool for the past three years.
The Acts of the play include: Roles in the Revolutionary War Era; Contributions of Virginians during the War; Battle of Great Bridge; and the Battle of Yorktown.
Through the use of the play and creative lesson plans, Mrs. Haney creates the opportunity for her students to get the first hand experience of how it felt to be a colonist before, during and after the Revolution. As a result of her effort, her students generally score better on the SOL tests dealing with the history of the Revolutionary War, than students who were not in her class.
The Sons of the American Revolution is a Society made up of men who can trace a direct line of descent from those men or women patriots who fought or supported the cause of American Independence. Our goals are historic, patriotic and educational. We strive to: preserve the memory of the sacrifices made to create this country; promote the history of the Revolutionary War so people don’t forget how and why this nation was founded; and encourage the principles of good citizenship established by the founders of this great nation.