DePaul University of Chicago has selected American School teacher Michael Hogan of Guadalajara as the 2018 honoree of their Celebrating Teachers Award. The award is given for “his outstanding commitment to the field of education and to the well-being of his students.”
This is the first time a teacher in Mexico has been selected for this honor. Dr. Hogan has been invited by the university to attend a special award ceremony in Chicago on June 7. In addition, DePaul University will present a monetary prize on his behalf to the American School of Guadalajara.
Dr. Hogan initiated the AP Cambridge Capstone Research Program at the American School, an innovative two-year diploma program that provides guided research to students working on community-based projects. The author of twenty-four books including two critically acclaimed histories of the US and Mexico, he began teaching at the American School in 1990, retired in 2004, and then was re-hired as a part-time adjunct in 2014. In the interim, he worked as the Latin American Consultant for the State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools and the deputy director of the College Board in Latin America.
Asked how he felt about receiving the award, Dr. Hogan replied, “I have been blessed with wonderful students, a supportive administration, and fantastic fellow teachers. And the success of my history books, most recently Abraham Lincoln and Mexico, has been extremely rewarding.”
“As supplemental classroom material, the real value of the Lincoln book is that it has remarkably improved the understanding of young people of historical relations between the USA and Mexico, and hopefully will result in a generation of Americans who are more understanding and more tolerant,” he said. “If the award helps publicize the commonalities between Mexico and the US and how we can work together to make a better world, then I am doubly proud to receive it.”
To facilitate classroom discussion, Abraham Lincoln and Mexico includes archival documents about Lincoln’s legacy of support for Mexico as congressman and president. Library copies of the print book are in colleges and universities across the USA including Harvard, the US Military Academy at West Point and the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, the University of Texas, the University of Arizona, and the California State University system. The award-winning eBook version in English and Spanish has become an international best seller on Amazon in both the USA and Mexico for historical books about Latin America.
The international Lincoln and Mexico Project (LAMP) is providing free lesson plans based on the book to any high school or college teacher who requests them, as well as an access code to purchase copies of the eBook direct from LAMP at the discount price of 99 cents for each student. The LAMP supports this education outreach with an Advisory Council of educators, history activists, and business people from Mexico and the USA.
More than 100 universities, colleges, and high schools already have the supplemental classroom materials, and the list is growing every week. The list is on the Lincoln and Mexico Project blog at https://lincolnandmexicoproject.wordpress.com/2018/04/03/educators-like-lamp-classroom-materials/