Each year, Humanities Texas presents awards recognizing and encouraging excellence in teaching the humanities in Texas schools. We hope you have enjoyed getting to know the 2019 winners, whom we have featured in our e-newsletter over the past several months.

Today, we are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Teaching Awards. Over seven hundred teachers from across the state were nominated for this year's awards. During the 2020–21 school year, each winning teacher will receive $5,000 and an additional $1,000 for his or her school to purchase humanities-based instructional materials.

Stay tuned for upcoming features on the 2020 recipients!

2020 Outstanding Teaching Award Winners

James F. Veninga Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award

Sarah WalkerAnn Richards School for Young Women LeadersAustin

Julius Glickman Educational Leadership Award

Adrian ReynaLongfellow Middle SchoolSan Antonio

Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award

Elizabeth CarrSouth Texas ISD Medical ProfessionsOlmito
Deirdre DoughtyColorado River Collegiate AcademyBastrop
Patsy HallRichland Springs High SchoolRichland Springs
Martha HeidariGlenn Elementary SchoolSan Antonio
Susan HensonGlenda Dawson High SchoolPearland
Elizabeth IrishDurham Intermediate SchoolSouthlake
Erika KoenigPalacios High SchoolPalacios
Patience LeBlancFowler Middle SchoolPlano
Amanda PfeifferBowie High SchoolAustin
Frances SantosTravis Early College High SchoolSan Antonio
Leah StephanowCypress Woods High SchoolCypress

Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award

Albert PeinadoEastwood Knolls International SchoolEl Paso

Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching

Cora GarnerDeSoto High School & iSTEAM3DDeSoto
Sydney GriceRipley House Charter SchoolBellaire

Questions about Teaching Awards

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(From l to r:) Former Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette, 2016 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:) Dean of Early College at LBJ High School Yesenia Sandoval, former Humanities Texas staff member Marco Buentello, 2017 OTA winner Ana Cristina Martinez, and LBJ High School Principal Armando Salazar at Martinez's award presentation.
(From l to r:) State Senator Larry Taylor, 2016 OTA winner Laurie Wagner, and former Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette at Wagner's award presentation at Rogers Middle School in Pearland.