Holy Trinity’s Mize named Latin Teacher of the Year


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Holy Trinity teacher Adam Mize has been named the Latin Teacher of the Year

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Holy Trinity Latin teacher Adam Mize was given a once-in-a-lifetime honor last weekend.

Mize received the Classical Association of Florida’s Latin Teacher of the Year Award at the Florida Foreign Language Association (FFLA) conference in St. Petersburg.

“The Latin Teacher of the Year award means a great deal to me because it was chosen by all of the other Latin teachers in the state of Florida,” Mize said in a statement. “It feels great to know that I am appreciated and respected by my colleagues around the state and they have noticed my dedication to my students and our profession.

“I hope that my HT Latin students will be proud of the award because it shows that they have a teacher who cares a lot about their well-being and works hard to be a better teacher every year.

“I think that the award should also reflect well on Holy Trinity as a whole because it signifies that we have one of the most distinguished and caring faculties in the state.”

The Teacher of the Year award is the most prestigious award the FFLA gives according to a statement by CAF President Phil Dillinger. Only one is given per year for each language taught and it can only be received once during a teacher’s lifetime.

Awardees must have taught Latin in Florida for 10 years in order to be eligible.

Mize, now in his third year at Holy Trinity, has been teaching Latin for 11 years.

 “We are so proud of Adam and our Latin program here at Holy Trinity,” Holy Trinity President Katherine Cobb said in a statement. “To win the Teacher of the Year award for Latin teachers in the state of Florida really speaks to the quality of instruction that he brings to our students each day, and to the inspiration he so obviously provides for his peer teachers throughout the state.”

A statement by CAF President Phil Dillinger showed just what kind of a leader Mize is not just in his classroom, but – as Cobb stated – for other Latin teachers throughout Florida.

“We have been honored to have Adam as the CAF’s State Chair for the past six years,” Dillinger said. “This summer, Adam led the Florida delegation of over 150 students and teachers to the 2017 National Latin Convention in Troy, Alabama. During his tenure as State Chair he has arranged sightseeing tours prior to the National convention in both Atlanta and Las Vegas.

“Adam is well respected by his Latin teacher colleagues. Adam regularly attends the FFLA conference and we appreciate how he makes a point to help new teachers in both his region and the State of Florida. His involvement with the FJCL and Classics is inspiring.

“Adam’s dedication to teaching, his students, and Latin Language, make him a credit to his profession. The CAF is proud to honor him with this award.”

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