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Eastwood Middle School teacher named top 7th-grade history educator

2018 Outstanding Seventh-Grade Texas History Teacher: Mireya Perez

An El Paso teacher was recognized for her effort to change the perception that history is boring.

Eastwood Middle School teacher Mireya Perez was named the 2018 Outstanding Seventh-Grade Texas History Teacher by The Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Perez was selected as the winner after she demonstrated how her instruction enhanced her seventh-grade students’ interest in the early history of Texas, DRT officials said.

“I am very humbled to receive this recognition,” said Perez, who has taught at Eastwood Middle School for 13 years. “My objective is to change the perception that history is boring through a storytelling approach, and by allowing students to experience engaging and real-life activities.”

Perez is expected to receive $750 and a special plaque at the 2018 DRT Convention in May in Dallas.

In her winning application, Perez wrote: “I encourage my students to think like historians. As they uncover the advancements made in the United States, I encourage them to apply (this) to their personal lives by understanding that even through defeat, personal victories can be achieved.

DRT is the oldest patriotic women’s organization in Texas and one of the oldest in the nation.

Eastwood Middle School will also receive $1,000 as part of the award.

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