ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - There was a check presentation of a the award by the Mississippi Humanities Council to Atwood, a history teacher at the school. During the ceremony, Atwood gave a presentation of, “Ten Historical Figures You Should Know: or At Least, Ten Historical Figures I Think You Should Know.”. 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.
“I feel it's important for people to know people that came before them,” said Atwood, “That individuals can make a difference in the world, that they can affect outcomes that everyone's important in some way, shape or form.”
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.