Founder: Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson Head Shot 2Mark earned The History Channel Award for Service, 2012, the Charles Redd Center K-12 Teaching Western History Award, 2012 and 2013, and the James M. Becker Award for Global Understanding, National Council for the Social Studies, 2011. Most recently, Mark has been recognized by Pearson Education group and 21st TOTYWCentury Learning International as the 21st Century Learning Teacher of the Year. In his primary role as a Humanities teacher at Concordia International School Shanghai, Mark is actively engaged with students constructing History Day projects throughout the year.  Mark has more than ten years experience with NHD, having integrated the program into his curriculum when teaching in Massachusetts and Washington.  With an MA in History,Mark stays active in historical research, connecting students with world-class scholars to engage in historical analysis and interpretation.  With his added role as Affiliate Coordinator for NHD, East Asia, Mark actively works to spread the benefits of NHD throughout Asia.


Nicholas Kent

With an MA in History, Nicholas brings a scholar’s energy and passion to the study of the past and an infectious enthusiasm for inquiry.  Nicholas was crucial in establishing Shanghai History Day in 2008, remaining actively engaged in the program at all levels.  In his primary role as Principal at Concordia International School Shanghai, Mr. Kent has witnessed the many positive academic benefits student participation in History Day brings.




Chris Carter

Chris was named the Patricia Behring History Teacher of the Year for the NHD Asia Affiliate, 2012. With an MA in Teaching with an emphasis in Technology, Chris is involved in both extensive direct instruction by integrating NHD into  the curriculum, and serves as the technical director for Shanghai History Day.  In this role, Chris maintains the website,   and organizes submission of work to be evaluated.  Chris pioneered the submission of Documentary Films in advance of  the contest, an innovation that allows History Day judges to view the films several times, maximum the opportunity for  fair, in-depth evaluation of students’ hard work.




Mike Kennedy

Kennedy Headshot- BeardMike Kennedy is the NHD Asia Coordinator and teaches Humanities at Concordia International School Shanghai. Mike studied history, theology, and business at Saint Louis University where he received the James D. Collins Award for Historical Excellence. He has recently completed a Master’s degree in education at the University of Notre Dame and has taught history in Los Angeles while serving with the Alliance for Catholic Education. Mike received the Alliance for Catholic Education’s Social Studies Award, and is a 2014 recipient of the Charles Redd Center’s Teaching Western History Award. Mike is an avid cyclist and enjoys climbing mountains, both literally and figuratively.