Jenny Zanner Rowe, who teaches social studies at Chanhassen High School, received the prestigious Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award. This honor is bestowed on only one high school and one middle school teacher in the nation. She is the first teacher in Minnesota to win the award. Zanner Row was eligible for the national award after winning top honors for Minnesota. The national honor, which comes with a $10,000 award, recognizes outstanding commitment to student development, creativity and inspiring students to engage with history.
“The finest teachers I know are History Day teachers and media specialists, so this is an incredible honor for me,” said Zanner Rowe. “Connie Nuss (Media Specialist) was critical in helping me get the program off the ground at Chanhassen High School.”
Zanner Rowe currently teaches AP Human Geography and Sociology. She coordinates National History Day participation at Chanhassen High School, in which students present historical research as an exhibit, documentary, performance, paper, or website. One of her former students, Jesse Heinzen, who created a History Day documentary, went to film school and is now an award-winning creative director for multimedia projects a the Minnesota Historical Society. “I ended up in a career I had never envisioned before meeting (Zanner Rowe),” Heinzen said. “I could say I owe it all to (her).”