OCTOBER 16, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: MICHAEL L. GILLETTE at (512) 440-1991
Humanities Texas is pleased to announce that Sarah Walker of Tuloso-Midway High School in Corpus Christi is one of thirteen recipients of the 2017 Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award.
Texas State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette will present Walker with her award during a presentation at Tuloso-Midway High School on Thursday, October 19, at 1:30 p.m.
Humanities Texas presents annual statewide awards to encourage excellence in teaching and recognize Texas classroom teachers who have made exemplary contributions in teaching, curriculum development and extracurricular programming. The organization received nearly 700 nominations for the 2017 awards.
Walker—who has been teaching for over twenty years—teaches Pre-AP English II, humanities and practical writing at Tuloso-Midway High School, where she also serves as English Department Chair.
“Sarah Walker has forever impacted her English students as well as her humanities students,” said Ann Bartosh, principal at Tuloso-Midway High School. “She personifies excellence and holds our students to exemplary standards while leading them to success.”
Walker also coaches the Academic Decathlon, a thematic competition in which students compete, as a team, against other schools on subjects related to the humanities, including history, literature, art, music and speech. Walker’s efforts to facilitate her team’s success often include hands-on demonstrations of the arts and humanities, such as bringing in pianos to hear musical chords and using soap and knives to simulate the sculpting process. Her students have advanced to state competition in eleven of the fourteen years that Walker has served as the Academic Decathlon coach.
“Close study of art, history, music and literature offers the opportunity to travel not just through space, but through time and thought, through a universe with no borders or boundaries,” said Walker. “Science and math do, of course, promote critical thinking, but the ability to question and understand the human factor in life’s situations creates a fuller, more empathetic experience.”
“Humanities Texas is pleased to recognize the achievements of Sarah Walker and Tuloso-Midway High School,” said Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. “Walker inspires and motivates her students to succeed in the classroom and beyond.”
Walker will receive a $5,000 cash award, with an additional $500 for Tuloso-Midway High School to purchase instructional materials.
Humanities Texas is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its mission is to advance education through programs that improve the quality of classroom teaching, support libraries and museums and create opportunities for lifelong learning for all Texans.
Humanities Texas is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Outstanding Teaching Awards. Additional information about Humanities Texas and its teacher award program is available at www.humanitiestexas.org.
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