Adorning the wall of Mel Fathke's classroom is an American flag that once flew over Mount Vernon, Virginia, the home of former President George Washington.
This flag is just one of many historic items Fathke has collected over his 38-year teaching career. And now it's now it's his turn to go down in history.
The 59-year-old history teacher at the Avon School District has a philosophy that revolves around engaged learning. A recent addition to his classroom, which sits proudly on his desk located on the third floor of the Avon School, is a plaque naming Fathke the 2016 South Dakota History Teacher of the Year from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.