JCJC history instructor named Humanities Teacher of the Year
Written By: Teresa McCreery
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Date Submitted: 2014-09-26 12:49:53
ELLISVILLE –Jones County Junior College history instructor, Carson Atwood has been named the 2014 Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year. The Ellisville native was selected by the Mississippi Humanities Council based on the accomplishments and contributions of the recommended faculty. In recognition of this honor, Atwood will give a presentation titled, “Ten Historical Figures You Should Know: or At Least, Ten Historical Figures I Think You Should Know.”
Atwood explained, “The presentation covers 10 historical figures who have had a significant impact on the history of world. It isn't a top-10 list but rather a list of people that you have some knowledge about but you might not understand their cultural significance.”
This free community event to hear Atwood’s presentation will be on Wednesday, October 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
“I feel very honored to be recognized for doing something that I love to do. Teaching history is truly a passion for me and I hope that I am able to express its importance to students,” said Atwood.
The JCJC 1996 graduate began teaching at Jones fourteen years ago. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degrees from USM. He began working in the computer-aided learning lab at JCJC and taught computer information systems technology classes in 2000 before becoming director of the CAL Lab and teaching history classes in 2001, part-time. For the last seven years, Atwood has been living his passion by teaching history full-time.
Some of Atwood’s honors include JCJC’s Who’s Who, earning the History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta Scholarship, he was awarded a Graduate Assistantship Award from USM’s history department and he received the Phi Alpha Theta’s Graduate Student Award. Interestingly, Atwood was the Features Editor for JCJC’s newspaper, The Radionian and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta, and the American Historical Association.
When he’s not teaching, Atwood is one of the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society advisors at JCJC, and he is a member of the Mississippi Historical Society and The Society for Military History. Atwood is married to Julie Atwood, the Director of the Terrell Tisdale Library, and they have one daughter, Kathryn, who is seven years old.