SAN ANTONIO – A local middle school history teacher is making some history of his own. He received recognition for being a Texas history superstar.
Mike Bailey, from Bradley Middle School in the Northeast Independent School District, was given the 2017 Daughters of the Republic of Texas Outstanding Seventh Grade Texas History Teacher Award on Thursday.
The award presented by the Alamo Heroes chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas is a statewide competition.
The organization said Bailey's teaching methods and his unique Mill Springs cabin, an interactive, hands-on experience on the school campus, make him the clear choice as this year's winner.
“I’ve always had a passion for history itself, and there’s no better history than Texas,” Bailey said. “It’s such an honor. The DRT, they are the backbone of Texas history.”
As part of the award, Bradley Middle School will get $1,000. Bailey will get $750 and a Texas flag that once flew over the Alamo, which will likely fly over Mill Springs cabin.
Bailey is also a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Lifetime Achievement Award.