Hollis Brookline teacher recognized for state, national DAR awards

HOLLIS – Laura DeRosa, an eighth-grade American history teacher at Hollis Brookline Middle School, was honored at the New Hampshire Daughters of the American Revolution Spring Conference Awards Dinner in Waterville Valley on Friday, April 25.

DeRosa won the state-level DAR contest for Outstanding American History Teacher and then placed second in the national competition. Her entry was sponsored by the Anna Keyes Powers Chapter in Hollis.

In addition to certificates and a medal, DeRosa, of Manchester, received the Mary Ann Wentworth honorarium monetary award.

Each year, DeRosa’s efforts produce about 100 essays by eighth-graders for the DAR American history essay contest, and her students have won on the local and state levels.

“It is not enough for the students in my classroom to simply learn the facts of history,” DeRosa said about her philosophy of teaching. “My students learn historical perspective by identifying and decoding primary sources, as well as using authentic evidence to formulate ideas in order to present and support well-considered arguments in their writing.”

DeRosa received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of New Hampshire, and is currently working on her doctorate, which she anticipates to receive in 2016. She has also participated in numerous programs to forward her knowledge of teaching and the study of history.