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OCTOBER 16, 2017

Early-Career Houston ISD Teacher Earns Statewide Award

Humanities Texas is pleased to announce that Traniece Brown-Warrens, M.Ed., of Edison Middle School in Houston is one of three recipients of the 2017 Humanities Texas Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching.

U.S. Congressman Gene Green and Todd Romero, Humanities Texas board member and associate professor of history at the University of Houston, will present Brown-Warrens with her award during a presentation at Edison Middle School on Tuesday, October 17, at 9:00 a.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.

Brown, who recently moved to Edison Middle School, taught eighth-grade U.S. history for two years at Deady Middle School. While teaching there, she also coached football and basketball and spearheaded several campus organizations, including the Young Entrepreneur’s Club, the Robotics Club and Student Council.

“Traniece has focused her professional growth and development on looking for new and innovative ways to increase student love for and interest in social studies,” said Shani Wyllie, assistant principal at Deady Middle School. “She has a passion for ensuring that she reaches and teaches each student.”

Brown’s creative approach to fostering student interest is one of her greatest strengths as an educator. She piloted “Hip Hop History,” a course in which she teaches topics in the U.S. history curriculum through original raps written to the tune of popular hip hop songs. Brown’s approach effected tangible results: Deady Middle School’s social studies STAAR scores increased from 47% passing in 2015 to 74% passing in 2016.

“Students walk into my classroom with a microscopic perspective on life,” said Brown. “The humanities allow students to see far beyond what’s in front of them as they are exposed to more opportunities. They give birth to bigger dreams and aspire to conquer the world instead of allowing the world to conquer them.”

“Teachers are in a unique position to positively influence the lives of young people and it’s evident that Ms. Brown-Warrens is committed to the education of her students and their future,” said U.S. Congressman Gene Green. “I want to thank Ms. Brown-Warrens for her contributions and congratulate her on a well-deserved achievement.”

“Humanities Texas is pleased to recognize the achievements of Traniece Brown-Warrens and Deady Middle School,” said Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. “Brown inspires and motivates her students to succeed in the classroom and beyond.”

Brown will receive a $5,000 cash award, with an additional $500 for Deady Middle 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

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