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Keil Hileman
2008 Alumni Classroom Fellow
De Soto, Kansas


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Bio/Overview: Hileman currently teaches High School Archeology and Artifacts and Museum Connections to 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Monticello Trails Middle School in Shawnee, Kansas. He has taught at the middle and secondary level for 18 years in the De Soto Unified School District. His classroom museum contains over 20,000 teaching artifacts. You are invited to tour the Classroom Museum. Contact Mr. Hileman at keilh@usd232.org. Hileman also teaches a “Hands On” Archeology class at Johnson County Community College, a “Classroom Museum” Course for teachers at Mid America Nazarene College and a Graduate/Undergraduate “Artifact Supported” History course at U.M.K.C.

Educational Values/Philosophy: Hileman’s classroom credo is “ExploreYour World, Empower Yourself and Those Around You, Excel In Everything You Do.”

Achievements: Hileman was named Kansas Teacher of the Year in 2004 and one of four finalists for the 2004 National Teacher of the Year. In addition, he was selected as a NEA Horace Mann Award winner. He was most recently inducted into the Midwest Education Hall of Fame and honored by Dolly Parton as the 2011 National Chasing Rainbows Award Winner. In recent years he was honored by the Daughters of The American Revolution, the 2007 National Outstanding Teacher of American History. His work was also featured for a “Window on Great Teaching” at NBC’s 2011 Education Nation Summit.

Leadership Experience: Hileman has a passion for presenting to, evaluating and working with Teaching American History grants all over our nation.

Affiliations: National Teacher of the Year program, Kansas Exemplary Educators Network, U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History Grants Program

Education: Hileman holds a bachelors and masters in Middle and Secondary Social Studies from the University of Kansas.

Areas of Interest/Expertise:

  • History teaching
  • Resources and instruction
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