In 2019, Humanities Texas will present a total of fifteen Outstanding Teaching Awards to exceptional Texas teachers.

  • Twelve teachers across the state will be selected to receive the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities AwardFrom among those twelve, 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. 
  • One Texas history teacher will be selected to receive the Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award, an award established in memory of Ms. Howell, former chair of the Humanities Texas Board of Directors, as a lasting tribute to her service to the organization and her commitment to the study of Texas history. 
  • Two additional teachers will be selected for the Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching. This award recognizes exemplary contributions of early-career humanities teachers in Texas elementary, middle, and high schools who have completed three or fewer years of teaching.

Humanities Texas will select one of the fifteen recipients 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. 

Winners in all award categories will receive $5,000, with an additional $500 for their schools to purchase humanities-based instructional materials.

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. Teachers of art, drama, and music are also 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 for the Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching must be full-time humanities teachers in Texas public or private schools who have three or fewer years of classroom experience. Teachers of English and 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.
  • 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 Humanities Texas award winners are ineligible to apply.

How to Nominate a Teacher

Complete the online nomination form below.

Teachers may be nominated by any member of the school (including students) or the general public. Teachers may also nominate themselves. If you wish to nominate an outstanding humanities teacher in your area, please contact that teacher first and receive his or her permission to do so. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, December 7, 2018.

Please submit nominations as soon as possible. Teachers who have been nominated will be contacted and instructed on how to complete the online application. The application submission deadline will be Friday, February 8, 2019.

Questions? Contact us: 512.440.1991 or ota@humanitiestexas.org.

Humanities Texas sponsors the Outstanding Teaching Awards program with continuing financial support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support for the Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award program comes from contributions to the Linden Heck Howell Memorial Fund.

2019 OTA Nomination Form
Please select only one; a teacher may not be nominated for more than one award
Teacher's Information
School
Nominator's Information

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:) Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette, 2017 OTA winner Ryan Sprott, and U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro at Sprott's award presentation.

Victoria Longoria (center) receives her Outstanding Teaching Award during a presentation at Del Valle High School.

(From l to r:) Pleasant Grove High School Principal Mendy Sharp, Humanities Texas program officer Sam Moore, 2017 OTA winner Nicole Brisco, State Representative Gary VanDeaver, and Pleasant Grove ISD superintendent Jason Smith. Photo by Molly Minter, Four States Living Magazine.

(From l to r:) McCallum High School Principal Michael Garrison; Bernie Carrasco; 2017 OTA winner Katie Carrasco; Humanities Texas program officer Sam Moore; Congressman McCaul's District Field Director Sarah Holloway; Austin ISD Trustee Julie Cowan; and Jim Furgeson.