September 1, 2021
Jeremy Samoy (back row, center-right) and members of the Tucson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at Phoenix award ceremony
Mr. Jeremy Samoy, AP American History Teacher and Mock Trial Coach at Tanque Verde High School was awarded the 2021 Arizona Outstanding Teacher of American History annual award, by the Arizona State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Mr. Samoy was nominated for the award by Sherri Hardy and Dawn Graffham, members of the Tucson Chapter of the DAR. The award was presented over the past weekend at the State Conference Awards Gala in Phoenix, AZ.
Mr. Samoy attributes his interest in history to his maternal grandparents’ service during WWII, and his paternal grandparents’ experiences living in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation. He states, “Just knowing they were a part of something pivotal in history made me want to know more.” He credits his own teachers with igniting a passion for teaching history, in particular their use of engaging, realistic simulations to bring history to life for their students. “When students can put themselves in the historical situation it becomes real to them and is something I hope they never forget,” he said.
While accepting the award, Jeremy Samoy also recognized the many dedicated teachers in his field, stating, “Everyday, they do the impossible, they embrace and adapt to new challenges, and serve our communities with every ounce of their being.” He concluded by stating, “As a society and as a state, I hope we continue to move in a direction that values our educators, respects their professionalism, and rewards their dedication to educating the future of America.”
Jeremy Samoy (center) receiving Outstanding American History Teacher Award