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 2022.  Do shoot me an email if you are interested!


I have also taken several groups of students to the University of Maryland to compete at nationals for National History Day.  It is an amazing experience competing nationally, and we explore Washington, D.C. Two groups of students were able to help clean the Vietnam Memorial while working with veterans.  It was an unforgettable experience. 


This will be my ninth 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, so it just makes sense to compete!  Three years ago, we took 20 kids to snationals, the next year we took 18 kids to nationals at the University of Maryland.  Four years ago, two students, Abi Carper and Sammi Kidder, placed FOURTH in the nation, as freshmen in high school.  WOWSERS! It is just a lot of fun and you learn so much!  It really looks great on a college resume. As of now, because of Covid 19, we will be competing online as we did last year. 

I started teaching at Renaissance High School its second year.  It is a wonderful place, with wonderful staff and students.  If you would like to know a bit more about me, please click on the link below.