Do you know an outstanding teacher in your school or community? Nominate him or her for one of our 2015 Outstanding Teaching Awards!

In 2015, Humanities Texas will present a total of fifteen awards to exceptional Texas K–12 humanities teachers in three different categories:

  • 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 humanities teachers in Texas elementary, middle, and high schools who have completed three or fewer years of teaching.

All award winners will receive a $5,000 prize, with an additional $500 for their schools to purchase humanities-based instructional materials.

For more information on the awards, including eligibility and a list of past recipients, please visit the Teaching Awards section of our website or email

To nominate a teacher, please complete the online nomination form.

Left to right: Claudia Taylor Johnson High School Principal John Mehlbrech; 2013 James F. Veninga Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award Winner Adrian Viccellio of San Antonio’s Johnson High School; Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus; and Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette.
Left to right: Dr. Angi Williams, superintendent of Galena Park ISD; Wilfred J. Broussard, Jr., Board of Trustees vice president; Krystle Breden, 2013 teaching award recipient; June Harris, Board of Trustees member; U.S. Representative Gene Green; Joe Stephens, Board of Trustees member; and Lindsey Waldenberg, Humanities Texas program officer. Photo by Jonathan Frey.