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    ‘Q’ For The Win

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    Woodrow Wilson civics teacher awarded National Civics Teacher of The Year.

    Mr. John Quesenberry of Woodrow Wilson High School has been awarded the Bill of Rights Institute’s Prestigious National Civics Teacher of the Year Award. A teacher since 1988, Quesenberry has served at the school for two decades. Along with his title, he was additionally awarded a total of $6,000 and a feeling of tremendous pride. “It felt really good to be acknowledged for something you care about and try so hard at. It  especially felt good for me since we’re from such a small state that people don’t think about a lot of the time, also for them to recognize we can do really good things here too!”

    The process to achieve such excellence included an essay, a questionnaire, and several interviews. However, the tedious work paid off, and Quesenberry was considered one of ten other finalists.


    In addition to being awarded the Bill of Rights Institute’s Prestigious National Civics Teacher Of The Year Award,  Quesenberry has also achieved the State’s History Teacher of The Year in 2014.

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    Along with being a Civics teacher at Woodrow, Quesenberry is the County Union President, a member of the state committee, takes part in two national advisory committees for civics, Secretary of States Civics Coalition, President of the State Social Studies Council, and also a Sunday school teacher. During his limited free time, he enjoys watching sports and listening to a variety of music. 

    Quesenberry is described by others as a ‘goofball,’ compassionate, thoughtful, and a character of his own accord.  His love and dedication towards helping and seeing students take opportunities serves as a source of inspiration for resuming his career in education.

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