Boschert gives history lesson during top Humanities teacher reception
CLARKSDALE – It’s easy to see why Instructor Barbara Boschert is the recipient of Coahoma Community College’s 2014 Humanities Teacher Award.

Boschert gives history lesson during top Humanities teacher reception

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Wed Jan 14, 2015

CLARKSDALE – It’s easy to see why Instructor Barbara Boschert is the recipient of Coahoma Community College’s 2014 Humanities Teacher Award.

The 6-year instructor and History Department Chair received a standing ovation from her colleagues after making a professional presentation Friday morning in the Gallery regarding her discipline. It was all a part of Boschert’s recent designation as the Humanities Teacher of the Year.

During the special program, CCC Dean of Academic Affairs Rolonda presented Boschert with a monetary award that accompanies the prestigious title. CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner also presented Boschert with a plague commemorating the honor.

“I really enjoyed the presentation. It would certainly be beneficial for students to be in (Boschert’s) class, in an age where students are impatient and have a microwave attitude of wanting things, it’s great for them to see that Washington was great because of his failures,” said Towner. “It was great for you to share that with us, and I can only imagine how great your classes are.”

Boschert’s passion for history was evident as she used the opportunity to discuss her admiration for the famed first President of the United States in her presentation entitled, “George Washington: The Man Behind the Myth”. Using photos, portraits and sculptures in a PowerPoint to accompany her presentation, Boschert explored why Washington has become an endearing symbol for America.

“The truth is that the symbolism stands in stark contrast to who this man really was,” said Boschert.

Boschert argued that Washington has become a timeless figure because his actions set him apart from other men.

“It’s a myth that Washington was born with a silver spoon in his mouth … he had to work his way up in the world,” said Boschert. “He risked his life and fortune for something bigger than himself.”

She is also a fan of Washington’s great character.

“He could have easily became king and many wanted him to, but he firmly believed in the ideals that the republic should be run by an elected civilian government,” Boschert said.

Boschert then shared what her students who had heard a similar lecture took away, which included: seek wise counsel, continue to learn and be reflective, show courage in the face of defeat, believe in something bigger than yourself, and standing up for what you believe in.

“I had one student to say that without his failures, George Washington wouldn’t have become great,” Boschert said.

She closed by reading a portion of Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving proclamation.

“Without his leadership we would not have independence and without his humility, our republic may have been lost,” Boschert said.

Boschert is now set to attend the Mississippi Humanities Council Awards Banquet, Feb. 2015 in Jackson where she will join other selected recipients from colleges and universities across the state in a special reception.

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