On November 23, 2009, Congressman Lloyd Doggett joined Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette and board member Michael L. Klein to present Kyle Olson with an Outstanding Teaching Award. Olson teaches social studies and English as a second language at Austin's International High School. Among other remarkable accomplishments, Mr. Olson established the state's first AP art history class for English language learners.
On November 11, 2009, Congressman Sam Johnson participated in a Veteran's Day celebration and Outstanding Teaching Award presentation at Walnut Glen Academy in Garland. Kathleen Hodges, who received the award, teaches art at Walnut Glen and serves as lead elementary art specialist for the Garland Independent School District.