NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- A teacher at the Alternative Campus High School will be honored with the American Historical Association’s 2016 Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award at the association's 131st annual meeting early next year.
Neal Shultz, who teaches world history, U.S. history, essential economics, and law and government at the school, will receive the award on Jan. 5.
The honor is given to history teachers who have guided and inspired their students in a way that has changed their lives.
The Campus School, a satellite program at New Rochelle High School, offers students who have struggled in a traditional school setting an alternative learning environment featuring smaller classes and a greater emphasis on personalized attention.
“History teachers make natural mentors because mentoring takes the long view of education,” Shultz said. “Twenty years from now, no one will remember which bubbles they filled in on a standardized exam, but the conversations between mentor and mentee can potentially live forever.”
Typically given to university teachers, the Mentorship award is presented to high school teachers every third year.
Schultz has spent his entire 29-year pedagogical career with the City School District of New Rochelle.