Every year, Humanities Texas recognizes and encourages excellence in teaching through our Outstanding Teaching Awards. We hope you have enjoyed getting to know the 2017 winners whom we have featured in our e-newsletter over the past several months.

Today, we are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Teaching Awards. Over seven hundred teachers from across the state were nominated for this year's awards. During the 2018–19 school year, each winning teacher will receive $5,000 and an additional $500 for his or her school to purchase humanities-based instructional materials.

Stay tuned for upcoming features on the 2018 recipients!

2018 Outstanding Teaching Award Winners

James F. Veninga Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award

Juan CarmonaDonna High SchoolDonna

Julius Glickman Educational Leadership Award

Kristian LendermanNorthbrook Middle SchoolHouston

Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award

Suzanne BenceNew Tech High School at CoppellCoppell
Krista BoivieReedy High SchoolFrisco
Stephanie CashAdvanced Learning AcademySan Antonio
Patrick CrawfordTexas Academy of Biomedical SciencesFort Worth
Michael GrossKennedale Junior High SchoolKennedale
Erin GutierrezLanier High SchoolSan Antonio
Linda SalinasHarlingen High SchoolHarlingen
Kim-Ling SunJersey Village High SchoolHouston
Melody TownselBooker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual ArtsDallas
Cherry WhippleStephen F. Austin High SchoolAustin

Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award

Michael BaileyBradley Middle SchoolSan Antonio
Brenda BeavenMontgomery Junior High SchoolMontgomery

Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching

Dhara LadEmmett J. Conrad High SchoolDallas
Yeri VillalobosNorth Shore Senior High SchoolHouston
(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:) Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette, 2017 OTA winner Ryan Sprott, and U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro at Sprott's award presentation.
(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.
(From l to r:) Jack Yates High School principal Kenneth Davis, HTx program officer Sam Moore, 2017 OTA winner Margo Hickman, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee at Hickman's award presentation on October 6.