Cape Fear Academy social studies teacher Nathan Gergel was nominated for the 2021 National History Day Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award in the senior division. Along with receiving a stipend, Gergel is now eligible for the national award, which will be awarded at the NHD National Contest Virtual Awards Ceremony in June 2021.
Patricia Behring, a passionate NHD supporter, sponsors the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award. The winners of the national awards are selected from among the nominees. Each affiliate nominates one teacher in the junior division and senior division. The national winners each receive $10,000. For all nominees at both the middle and high school levels, each nominee is awarded $500.
National History Day®(NHD) is a non-profit education organization based in College Park, Maryland. NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Since 1974, NHD has continuously improved history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. The largest NHD program is the National History Day Contest that encourages more than half a million students around the world to conduct historical research on a topic of their choice. Students enter these projects at the local and affiliate levels, with top students advancing to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.