Each year, Humanities Texas presents awards recognizing and encouraging excellence in teaching the humanities in Texas schools. In 2019, a total of fifteen awards were presented.
The Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Awards recognize exemplary K–12 humanities teachers. Each year, twelve teachers are selected to receive a $5,000 cash award and an additional $500 for their respective schools to purchase humanities-based instructional materials. From among the twelve winners, the top candidate will receive the James F. Veninga Outstanding Teaching of Humanities Award, an award 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.
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.
Humanities Texas will select one of the fifteen award winners who demonstrates exceptional leadership in the educational field to receive the Julius Glickman Educational Leadership Award. The award honors Humanities Texas board member Julius Glickman for his extraordinary leadership of our organization and many others.
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.
|Karen Galley||Success High School||Fort Worth|
|Aurora Gonzalez de Freire||Tice Elementary School||Houston|
|Alice Aguilar||Early College High School||Brownsville|
|Monica Avila||South Texas Academy for Medical Professions||Olmito|
|Rachelle Cameron||Meridian World School LLC||Round Rock|
|Andres Lopez||Stevens High School||San Antonio|
|Leigh Anne Rayburn||YES Prep Southeast||Houston|
|Maureen Sullivan||Flour Bluff Primary School||Corpus Christi|
|Brandon Vestal||Heath High School||Heath|
|Stacy Webster||Stephen F. Austin High School||Austin|
|Gretchen Wickes||Legacy of Educational Excellence (LEE) High School||San Antonio|
|Jamie Wormsbaker||Lubbock-Cooper High School||Lubbock|
|Terri Truong||Polk Middle School||Carrollton|
|Jessica Flatt||Joyce Zotz Education Center||Houston|
|Kaci Morgan||City Lab High School||Dallas|
A list of Texas teachers who have received Outstanding Teaching Awards from Humanities Texas.