Each year, Humanities Texas presents monetary awards recognizing the achievements of teachers across Texas.
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 $1,000 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.
The Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award was established in memory of Linden Heck 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 $1,000 for their 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 $1,000 for their schools to purchase humanities-based instructional materials.
Humanities Texas will select one of the winners who demonstrates exceptional leadership in the educational field to receive the Julius Glickman Educational Leadership Award. The award honors former 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.
|Scott Frank||IDEA Frontier College Prep||Brownsville|
|Caitlin Baumgarten||A&M Consolidated Middle School||College Station|
|Alicia Adkins||Kempner High School||Sugar Land|
|Graciela Cano||Harwell Elementary School||Lubbock|
|Taylor Kratz||Mayde Creek High School||Katy|
|Emily Ramser||Grapevine High School||Grapevine|
|Whitney Reardon||Johnston-McQueen Elementary School||Longview|
|Coralei Rodriguez||Spring High School||Spring|
|Cristina Rubio||El Paso High School||El Paso|
|Melissa Shelley||Gruver High School||Gruver|
|Wendy Sierra||East View High School||Georgetown|
|Jennifer Siger||Kleb Intermediate School||Klein|
|Julie LaCombe||Laura Bush Middle School||Lubbock|
|Moses Hetfield||IDEA San Juan College Prep||San Juan|
|Katy Roberson||KIPP Pleasant Grove Leadership Academy||Balch Springs|
A list of Texas teachers who have received Outstanding Teaching Awards from Humanities Texas.
To nominate a teacher, please complete the online nomination form by Friday, December 8, 2023.
If you have been nominated for a 2024 Outstanding Teaching Award, please complete the application by Monday, February 5, 2024.
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