Nacogdoches, TX —
Nacogdoches ISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year has added a statewide recognition to his list of accolades.
Eric Ewing, a history teacher at Mike Moses Middle School, was named the 2013-14 Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding American History Teacher of the Year for Texas.
“I am honored, flattered, and extremely excited,” he said. “I am not the best teacher in Texas, but it’s pretty cool that someone thinks I’m in a class with the best teachers.”
The DAR honors “notable, full-time teachers of American history and related fields such as social studies, government and citizenship education) in public, private and parochial schools, grades 6-12.”
Nacogdoches ISD superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes commended Ewing for his accomplishment.
“We are proud to have such a dedicated teacher who is bringing top-notch education to Nacogdoches ISD students,” Hayes said. “Mr. Ewing is just one example of the fine educators we are fortunate to employ.”
The local chapter selected Ewing as its honoree, and then nominated him for the state recognition.
“I am very proud to be recognized by such a wonderful and historic organization,” Ewing said. He was nominated by Connie Howe and the local DAR Chapter.
As a state winner, he will be presented with a check for $1,000 and a pin during the TXDAR state conference in Dallas on March 8.
Ewing and his wife, Jennifer, also will take part in the local chapter’s Feb. 20 annual George Washington Birthday Luncheon.
Ewing also is candidate for the national honor, which will be presented during that groups 123rd Continental Congress in June 2014.
Ewing said he presents his history classes in a student-centered way, teaching about America in an honest, unbiased way. He also tells students why our country is — in his opinion — the greatest country in the world.
Following his most recent achievement, Ewing plans to continue working in the same manner — encouraging students, teaching them history, acting as a positive role model, and showing them love.
“I am thrilled for the local DAR Chapter and also for NISD. I really want people to know that great things happen in NISD, we have great kids and many great teachers,” Ewing said.