In 2018, Humanities Texas will present a total of fifteen Outstanding Teaching Awards to exceptional Texas teachers.

  • Twelve teachers across the state will be selected to receive the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award
  • One Texas history teacher will be selected to receive the Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award, an award established in memory of Ms. Howell, former chair of the Humanities Texas Board of Directors, as a lasting tribute to her service to the organization and her commitment to the study of Texas history. 
  • Two additional teachers will be selected for the Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching. This award recognizes exemplary contributions of early-career humanities teachers in Texas elementary, middle, and high schools who have completed three or fewer years of teaching.

Recipients in all three award categories will receive $5,000, 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. Teachers of art, drama, and music are also 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 for the Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching must be full-time humanities teachers in Texas public or private schools who have three or fewer years of classroom experience. Teachers of English and 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.
  • 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 Humanities Texas award winners are ineligible to apply.

How to Nominate a Teacher

Complete the online nomination form below.

Teachers may be nominated by any member of the school (including students) or the general public. Teachers may also nominate themselves. If you wish to nominate an outstanding humanities teacher in your area, please contact that teacher first and receive his or her permission to do so. Nominations will be accepted through the end of January.

Please submit nominations as soon as possible. Teachers who have been nominated will be contacted and instructed on how to apply. Applications must then be completed and mailed to Humanities Texas with a postmark date no later than Friday, February 9, 2018.

Questions? Contact Liz James at 512.440.1991 or ota@humanitiestexas.org.

Humanities Texas sponsors the Outstanding Teaching Awards program with continuing financial support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support for the Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award program comes from contributions to the Linden Heck Howell Memorial Fund.

2018 OTA Nomination Form
Please select only one; a teacher may not be nominated for more than one award
Teacher's Information
School
Nominator's Information

Questions about Teaching Awards

Call 512.440.1991 or email ota@humanitiestexas.org.

Left to right: Dr. Angi Williams, superintendent of schools; Wilfred J. Broussard, Jr., Board of Trustees vice president; Krystle Breden of Houston's North Shore Senior High School, 2013 teaching award recipient; June Harris, Board of Trustees member; Gene Green, U.S. congressman; Joe Stephens, Board of Trustees member; and Lindsey Waldenberg, Humanities Texas program officer. Photo by Jonathan Frey.
2015 Outstanding Teaching Award winner Becky Adams displays her certificate at her December 4 presentation at Allen High School. There to support her were (from left to right) Allen ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt, Congressman Sam Johnson’s representative Chance Watson, and Humanities Texas staff member Sam Moore.
OTA winner Victoria Rojas with Humanities Texas board member Manuel Medrano and her colleagues at Mission High School.
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.