Each year, Humanities Texas recognizes the achievements of fifteen exemplary classroom teachers with monetary 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.
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 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 $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.
To nominate a teacher for a 2021 Outstanding Teaching Award, please complete the online nomination form.
|Sarah Walker||Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders||Austin|
|Adrian Reyna||Longfellow Middle School||San Antonio|
|Elizabeth Carr||South Texas ISD Medical Professions||Olmito|
|Deirdre Doughty||Colorado River Collegiate Academy||Bastrop|
|Patsy Hall||Richland Springs High School||Richland Springs|
|Martha Heidari||Glenn Elementary School||San Antonio|
|Susan Henson||Glenda Dawson High School||Pearland|
|Elizabeth Irish||Durham Intermediate School||Southlake|
|Erika Koenig||Palacios High School||Palacios|
|Patience LeBlanc||Fowler Middle School||Plano|
|Amanda Pfeiffer||Bowie High School||Austin|
|Frances Santos||Travis Early College High School||San Antonio|
|Leah Stephanow||Cypress Woods High School||Cypress|
|Albert Peinado||Eastwood Knolls International School||El Paso|
|Cora Garner||DeSoto Early College High School||DeSoto|
|Sydney Grice||Ripley House Charter School||Bellaire|
A list of Texas teachers who have received Outstanding Teaching Awards from Humanities Texas.