History Department Chair Deirdre Williamson Wins 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award!
The Distinguished Teaching Endowment was created in 1983 as a tribute to Clarence Bruner-Smith, Dudley M. Maxim ’32, and Frank G. Smith. In 1988, the Alumni Association decided to establish an annual award to a teacher who has taught at Trinity for ten years or more, exemplifies the history and traditions of the School, and who has demonstrated excellence in teaching. The prize, now known as the Greenberg Family-Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Prize, was increased to $10,000 in 2004.
Since its inception, thirty-three teachers have received this honor, their names displayed prominently on the Greenberg Family-Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Prize Plaque in the Great Hall. The 2020 award was given to Deirdre Williamson.
Deirdre started at Trinity as a Teacher of History in our Upper School in 2003. During her time at Trinity, she has served as Upper School class dean from 2007-2012 and is the head of the History Department, a role she has held since 2012. A recipient of a 2009 Summer Curricular and Pedagogical Fellowship, Deirdre’s colleagues describe her as “someone who brings exceptional organizational and communication skills to her work.” “A well-trained and rigorous historian, her classes show a deep thoughtfulness about the materials and familiarity with recent scholarly thinking.” “Available to her students, she strikes a delicate balance between the seriousness of purpose, which acquaints students with the demands and standards of historical study, and playfulness of spirit that allows students to feel secure in taking risks towards that goal.”
Located on Upper West Side of New York City, Trinity School is a college preparatory, coeducational independent school for grades K-12. Since 1709, Trinity has provided a world-class education to its students with rigorous academics and outstanding programs in athletics, the arts, peer leadership, and global travel.