West Point teacher honored at conference

Member of the Mississippi Council for the Social Studies, and West Point High School AP World History teacher, Bruce Mize was inducted into the Mississippi Council for the Social Studies Hall of Fame and received the Jesse Palmer Social Studies Educator of the Year Award.
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DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

The Mississippi Council for the Social Studies hosted its Fall Conference in Starkville on the campus of Mississippi State University. The Conference sessions were held at the Colvard Student Union, Friday.

Assistant Director Stephen White said the Mississippi Council for the Social Studies is a state affiliate of the National Council for Social Studies.

"The purpose of this organization is to promote social studies as the key subject in developing good citizenship, to provide a link among educators interested in social studies, and to aid the development of social studies educators professionally," White said.

During the fall Conference, Bruce Mize, Advanced Placement World History Teacher from West Point High School, was inducted into the Mississippi Council for the Social Studies Hall of Fame and received the prestigious Jesse Palmer Social Studies Educator of the Year Award.

"I've been a member of the council for 18 years, as long as I've been an educator," Mize said. "I was district representative, vice president, president, then I took a hiatus. I was aware of being inducted into the Hall of Fame, but I was shocked to receive the Jessie Palmer Award, it is an enormous honor."

Mize said that it was a huge surprise and a humbling experience, being recognized by his peers for what he does in the classroom.

Reita Humphries, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Federal Programs, said she was extremely proud for the West Point Consolidated School District to have Mize as an instructor at West Point High School.
"It's another star in the West Point Consolidated School District's crown," Humphries said. "It shows the hard work and dedication our teachers put into their classrooms."

WPHS Principal Jermaine Taylor said it means a lot to the kids and the community as a whole to have outstanding teachers.

"We had 140 people here in attendance today," White said. "We share ideas and classroom strategies. We have a lot of young educators here and we hope they can learn methods from our teachers who have success in the classroom. If we can reach the teachers, we are reaching the students, as well."

Steven T. Birkmore Associate Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was keynote speaker at the presentation. He spoke on the correlation between the studies of English, social studies and science.
"I use Young Adult Literature as a connection in the classroom between the different studies," Bickmore said. "Teachers can take a book that is written about the Great Depression and it can be taught from a historical perspective, or as social commentary of the times or its merits as a work of literature. We, as educators can all work together toward the common purpose. That's what we want to accomplish at the teacher conferences."

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