Outstanding Teaching Awards

Each year, Humanities Texas presents monetary awards recognizing the achievements of teachers across Texas.


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 $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. 

Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award

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.

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 $1,000 for their schools to purchase humanities-based instructional materials.

Julius Glickman Educational Leadership Award

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. 

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.  

2021 Outstanding Teaching Award Winners

James F. Veninga Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award

Sarah WisemanLiberty High SchoolFrisco

Julius Glickman Educational Leadership Award

Melonie MenefeeBuffalo High SchoolBuffalo

Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award
 

Jennifer CainO'Connor High SchoolHelotes
Rex EwertRochelle SchoolRochelle
Carlen FloydBowie High SchoolAustin
Michael GilletteBoerne-Samuel V. Champion
High School
Boerne
Michelle GrajedaYoung Women's Leadership AcademySan Antonio
Sarah PalmerMorton Ranch High SchoolKaty
Cynthia RiosFaulk Middle SchoolBrownsville
Leora UribeHarlandale Middle SchoolSan Antonio
Della WatsonPaducah SchoolPaducah

Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award

Chad HannoniUniversity PrepGrapevine

Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching

Steven CaplanLeadership AcademyAustin
Jacquelyn ManzHutchison Middle SchoolLubbock
Yvette PeñaThe International School of
the Americas
San Antonio

Past recipients

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

2022 Outstanding Teaching Awards Nominations

To nominate a teacher for the 2022 Outstanding Teaching Awards, please complete the online nomination form

Nominated Teachers: How to Apply

If you were nominated for a 2022 Outstanding Teaching Award, please complete the online application by Friday, February 4, 2022.

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.