Outstanding Teaching Awards

Each year, Humanities Texas recognizes the achievements of fifteen exemplary classroom teachers with monetary awards.


Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Awards

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. 

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.

Julius Glickman Educational Leadership Award

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. 

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. 

2019 Outstanding Teaching Award Winners

James F. Veninga Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award

Karen GalleySuccess High SchoolFort Worth

Julius Glickman Educational Leadership Award

Aurora Gonzalez de FreireTice Elementary SchoolHouston

Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award
 

Alice AguilarRivera Early College High SchoolBrownsville
Monica AvilaSouth Texas Academy for Medical ProfessionsOlmito
Rachelle CameronMeridian World School LLCRound Rock
Andres LopezStevens High SchoolSan Antonio
Leigh Anne RayburnYES Prep SoutheastHouston
Maureen SullivanFlour Bluff Primary SchoolCorpus Christi
Brandon VestalHeath High SchoolHeath
Stacy WebsterStephen F. Austin High SchoolAustin
Gretchen WickesLegacy of Educational Excellence (LEE) High SchoolSan Antonio
Jamie WormsbakerLubbock-Cooper High SchoolLubbock

Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award
 

Terri TruongPolk Middle SchoolCarrollton

Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching

Jessica FlattJoyce Zotz Education CenterHouston
Kaci MorganCity Lab High SchoolDallas

Past recipients

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

How to Nominate a Teacher

To nominate a teacher for the 2020 Outstanding Teaching Awards, please complete the online nomination form.

Nominated Teachers: How to Apply

If you have been nominated for the 2020 Outstanding Teaching Awards, please complete the online application by Friday, February 7. 

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 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.

Outstanding Teaching Award winner Victoria Longoria accepts her award from Congressman Lloyd Doggett.