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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Ryan Sprott||The International School of the Americas||San Antonio|
|Nicole Brisco||Pleasant Grove High School||Texarkana|
|Katie Carrasco||A. N. McCallum High School||Austin|
|Jennifer Chase||The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts||Houston|
|Paula Dolloff||Harlandale STEM Early College High School||San Antonio|
|Margo Hickman||Jack Yates High School||Houston|
|Yvonne Kaatz||Dripping Springs High School||Dripping Springs|
|Victoria Longoria||Del Valle High School||Del Valle|
|Michael Shackelford||O. Henry Middle School||Austin|
|Sharon Snowton||Highlands Elementary School||Cedar Hill|
|Sarah Walker||Tuloso-Midway High School||Corpus Christi|
|Wes Watters||Colleyville Heritage High School||Colleyville|
|Larry Wisdom||Van High School||Van|
|Patricia Ritchie||International Leadership of Texas: K–8 Campus||Fort Worth|
|Trance Brown-Warrens||James S. Deady Middle School||Houston|
|Elizabeth Close||L. C. Anderson High School||Austin|
|Natalie Fontenot||Reagan Early College High School||Austin|
A list of Texas teachers who have received Outstanding Teaching Awards from Humanities Texas.