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History, US government teacher earns award

East Grand Rapids — East Grand Rapids High School teacher Adam Horos has been named the 2022-23 Outstanding Teacher of American History by a local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

The contest honors notable full-time teachers of history and related fields in public, private and parochial schools serving grades 5-12. 

“We are so happy to honor Mr. Horos for his outstanding commitment to his students,” said Sandy Bewell, chapter regent of the Grand Rapids-based Sophie de Marsac Campau Chapter of the DAR. “Recognizing a local teacher each year is just one way we promote our national objectives of historic preservation, education and patriotism.”

Horos has been at EGRHS since 2015, where he has taught United States history, economics, U.S. government, Advanced Placement macroeconomics and U.S. Constitutional studies. He also serves as coach of the school’s We the People team, which has won the Michigan state championship 15 times since 2000, most recently in 2022

According to the DAR, teachers recognized for the annual award have demonstrated excellence in sharing insightful knowledge of American history; being committed to their students, relating history to modern life and events, fostering a spirit of patriotism and requiring high academic standards from their students.

“I have seen him deliver outstanding American history instruction to a large number of students with varying abilities,” said fellow EGR High School history teacher Tad VandenBrink, a past state winner of the DAR contest. “(Horos) invests an extensive amount of time and energy into his work at our school, creating an inclusive and positive environment for all students.”

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