Outstanding Teaching Awards

Each year, Humanities Texas presents awards recognizing and encouraging excellence in teaching the humanities in Texas schools. In 2017, a total of seventeen awards were presented.


Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Awards

The Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Awards recognize exemplary K–12 humanities teachers. Each year, eleven teachers are selected to receive a $5,000 cash award and an additional $500 for their respective schools to purchase humanities-based instructional materials.

One additional teacher, chosen from among the applicants for the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award, receives the James F. Veninga Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award. This award was established to honor James F. Veninga, Humanities Texas Executive Director Emeritus, for his twenty-three years of extraordinary contributions to the state council and to the public humanities in Texas and the U.S. This winning teacher receives a $5,000 cash award, with an additional $500 for his or her school to purchase humanities-based instructional materials.

Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award

The Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award was established in memory of Ms. Howell, former chair of our Board of Directors, as a lasting tribute to her service to the organization and her commitment to the study of Texas history. The winning teacher receives a $5,000 cash award, with an additional $500 for his or her school to purchase instructional materials supporting Texas history.

Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching

The Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching recognizes exemplary contributions of early-career humanities teachers who have completed three or fewer years of teaching. Teachers of English, language arts, foreign languages, history, and social studies are eligible for this award, as are teachers of art, drama, and music if they emphasize the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Two teachers are typically selected to receive this $5,000 cash award, with an additional $500 for their schools to purchase humanities-based instructional materials.

Eligibility

Nominees must be full-time teachers in Texas public or private schools. Teachers of English and language arts, foreign languages, history, and social studies are eligible for the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Awards and the Awards for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching. Teachers of art, drama, and music are eligible if they emphasize the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Only teachers of Texas history courses are eligible for the Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award. Nominees should be skillful and dedicated teachers who possess an expansive and profound knowledge of the humanities subject(s) they teach. Nominees should also have a record of active involvement in community activities and professional organizations, particularly those that promote the humanities. Previous award winners are ineligible to apply. 

Nominations

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2018 Outstanding Teaching Awards. To nominate a teacher, please complete the online nomination form by Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

2017 Outstanding Teaching Award Winners

James F. Veninga Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award

Ryan SprottThe International School of the AmericasSan Antonio

Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award
 

Nicole BriscoPleasant Grove High SchoolTexarkana
Katie CarrascoA. N. McCallum High SchoolAustin
Jennifer ChaseThe High School for the Performing and Visual ArtsHouston
Paula DolloffHarlandale STEM Early College High SchoolSan Antonio
Margo HickmanJack Yates High SchoolHouston
Yvonne KaatzDripping Springs High SchoolDripping Springs
Victoria LongoriaDel Valle High SchoolDel Valle
Michael ShackelfordO. Henry Middle SchoolAustin
Sharon SnowtonHighlands Elementary SchoolCedar Hill
Sarah WalkerTuloso-Midway High SchoolCorpus Christi
Wes WattersColleyville Heritage High SchoolColleyville
Larry WisdomVan High SchoolVan

Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award
 

Patricia RitchieInternational Leadership of Texas: K–8 CampusFort Worth

Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching

Traniece A. Brown-WarrensJames S. Deady Middle SchoolHouston
Elizabeth CloseL. C. Anderson High SchoolAustin
Natalie FontenotReagan Early College High SchoolAustin

Past recipients

A list of Texas teachers who have received Outstanding Teaching Awards from Humanities Texas.

How to Nominate a Teacher

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2018 Outstanding Teaching Awards! To nominate a teacher, please complete the online nomination form by Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Questions about Teaching Awards

Call 512.440.1991 or email ota@humanitiestexas.org.

From l to r: Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette, OTA winner Angie Greenlaw, and State Senator Jane Nelson at Greenlaw's award presentation at Flower Mound High School Ninth Grade Campus.

From l to r: State Senator Larry Taylor, OTA winner Laurie Wagner, and Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette at Wagner's award presentation at Rogers Middle School in Pearland.

Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette, OTA winner Steve Davidson, and The Honorable Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, at Davidson's October 3 award presentation at MacArthur High School in San Antonio. North East ISD Media Production.

From l to r: Abby Morton-Garland, eleventh- and twelfth-grade principal of KIPP University Prep High School; Tina Devalk, ninth- and tenth-grade principal of KIPP University Prep High School; State Representative Justin Rodriguez; and OTA recipient Ashieda McKoy at the November 10, 2016, award presentation.

Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette, OTA winner Josephine Icaro, and U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett at Icaro's award presentation at LASA High School on October 24.