Outstanding Teaching Awards

Each year, Humanities Texas presents awards recognizing and encouraging excellence in teaching the humanities in Texas schools. In 2016, a total of fifteen 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 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. No two winners from the same school will be awarded in the same year. Additionally, a school where a teacher receives an award cannot have a winner the following year, i.e., a single school cannot have Outstanding Teaching Award recipients two years in a row.

How to Nominate a Teacher

To nominate a teacher, please complete the online nomination form by Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

2016 Outstanding Teaching Award Winners

James F. Veninga Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award

Ana Cristina MartinezLyndon B. Johnson High SchoolLaredo

Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award
 

Steve DavidsonMacArthur High SchoolSan Antonio
JP FuglerVan High SchoolVan
Angie GreenlawFlower Mound Ninth Grade CampusFlower Mound
Emily GreerJackson Elementary SchoolTyler
Josephine IcaroLASA High SchoolAustin
John IrishCarroll Senior High SchoolSouthlake
Victoria RojasMission High SchoolMission
Celange SantisoGullett Elementary SchoolAustin
Cameron StephenCy-Fair High SchoolCypress
Michelle ValliereHeritage High SchoolFrisco
Laurie WagnerRogers Middle SchoolPearland

Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award
 

David NormanCoppell Middle School WestCoppell

Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching

Natalia CharronYES Prep WestHouston
Ashieda McKoyKIPP University Prep High SchoolSan Antonio

Past recipients

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

How to Nominate a Teacher

Nominations for the 2017 Outstanding Teaching Awards are now being accepted! To nominate a teacher, please complete the online nomination form by Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

Nominated Teachers: How to Apply

Once you have been nominated for a 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award, please download, complete, and submit the appropriate application according to the instructions on the application form. The application deadline is Friday, February 10, 2017.

Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award: PDF version, Word version

Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award: PDF version, Word version

Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching: PDF version, Word version

Questions about Teaching Awards

Call 512.440.1991 or email ota@humanitiestexas.org.

Stacee Johnson
From left to right: Texas State Representative Jim Pitts; J. A. Vitovsky Elementary School Principal Cherie Wagoner; Liz James, Humanities Texas coordinator of educational programs; 2009 award recipient Stacee Johnson; and Michael Taylor, representative from U.S. Congressman Joe Barton’s office. Photo courtesy of the Waxahachie Daily Light.
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.
Adrian Viccellio
From left to right: Johnson High School Principal John Mehlbrech; 2013 Veninga Winner Adrian Viccellio of San Antonio’s Johnson High School; Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives; and Michael L. Gillette, executive director of Humanities Texas.
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.
Martha MacFarland
From left to right: State Board of Education Member Tom Maynard; U.S. Congressman John Carter; 2013 teaching award recipient Martha MacFarland of Round Rock's Meridian Charter School; Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette; and students Kyle Jones, Gabrielle Lewis, and Bethany Dieringer. Photo by Liz James.