Mrs. Janelle Gilson

Phone: (208) 350-4380


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Brigham Young University M.A. Boise State University

Mrs. Janelle Gilson

I LOVE to travel and I LOVE National History Day!!   

I have organized six trips abroad with students.  So far, students from Renaissance H.S. have come with me to Italy and Greece (2013), Belize (2014), London, Paris, Heidelberg, Salzburg, Vienna, Munich, Dachau, Prague, and Berlin (2015), and England, France, and Spain (2017), England, France, Switzerland, and Germany (2018).  I am planning a trip to Italy in June 2020.  Do shoot me an email if you are interested!


This will be my sixth year doing National History Day and I have found it to be a simply amazing medium through which students can showcase their research skills.  Students are not required to compete but are greatly encouraged to do so.  Afterall, the student has made a complete NHD project, it just makes sense to compete!  A year ago, we took 20 kids to state and this this last year, we took 18 kids to nationals at the University of Maryland.  Two years ago, two students, Abi Carper and Sammi Kidder, placed FOURTH in the nation.  WOWSERS! It is just a lot of fun!  It really looks great on a college resume, and can be a lot of fun. 

I started teaching at Renaissance High School its second year.  It is a wonderful place, with wonderful staff and students.