Nominations are now being accepted for Outstanding Teaching Awards. In 2014, Humanities Texas will present a total of fifteen awards to exceptional Texas teachers.

Twelve teachers across the state will be selected to receive the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award.

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.

Recipients in each award category will receive $5,000, with an additional $500 for their schools to purchase humanities-based instructional materials.

For eligibility information and nomination instructions, please visit the Teaching Awards section of our website or email

Left to right: State Board of Education Member Tom Maynard; U.S. Congressman John Carter; 2013 teaching award recipient Martha MacFarland of Round Rock's Meridian Charter School; Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette; and students Kyle Jones, Gabrielle Lewis, and Bethany Dieringer. Photo by Liz James.
Left to right: U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar; Principal Adriana Ramirez of Laredo's United South High School (USHS); Humanities Texas Director of Grants and Education Eric Lupfer; 2013 teaching award recipient Rosa Salazar of USHS; USHS teacher Jose Rios; and Dr. Thomas Mitchell, dean of Texas A&M International University's College of Arts and Sciences and former Humanities Texas board member. Photo courtesy of United ISD.