Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award Recipients
This award was established in 1991 in tribute to Nancy Lyman Roelker (1915–93), to honor her career and concern for students. It honors teachers of history who taught, guided, and inspired their students in a way that changed their lives. Mentoring is as important to the discipline of history as fine scholarship and good teaching. The ideal mentor is forthright, supportive, and constructively critical, committed to the student as a person, regardless of age or career goals.
2016 Roelker Award
Neal Shultz, The Campus School of the New Rochelle School District
Caring adviser, inspiring guide, dedicated counselor: Neal Shultz serves his students and his fellow teachers in countless ways inside and outside of the classroom. Shultz meets with troubled students and helps work through hard personal challenges. He takes students to professional conferences and encourages them to participate in public dialogue and debate. In his “free” time, he finds educational possibilities for children of refugees, mentors fellow teachers’ research projects, and does seminars on innovative pedagogy.