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The Athens Review
Cassie Keys, faculty member of Athens Christian Preparatory Academy, was honored Saturday in Tyler at the Sons of the Republic of Texas Annual Conference as the SRT Educator of the Year.
Keys was presented her award by SRT President General David Hanover. Keys received a plaque, a Texas flag that flew over the state capital on Texas’ Independence Day, and a cash award.
Keys said in her acceptance speech that she is proud to be teaching the next generation our U.S. and Texas history. She believes students get a better “sense of identity and investment that leaves a long-standing impression in their hearts.”
She said one of her goals is to make stories of history come to life.
“I challenge the students to mentally and emotionally step back in time, and think critically about the tough decisions that made legends, failures that delayed, but did not stop victory, sacrifices that changed lives and sometimes took them.”
She said it is her calling to inspire a vision in young people to “not only honor and learn from the past, but to restore the foundations of faith and freedom on which this nation and state were formed.”
Each year, The Sons of the Republic of Texas invites Chapters throughout Texas to submit a single Texas History Teacher, who most exemplifies excellence in their knowledge of Texas history, and the ability to share this knowledge with their students. Innovation, techniques and student enthusiasm are the prime factors for consideration.
The James George Chapter President, Gene Pilgrim, stated that the local Chapter was honored to submit Keys’ credentials for SRT 2013 Educator of the Year.