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DECEMBER 11, 2017
CONTACT: MICHAEL L. GILLETTE at (512) 440-1991

Harlandale ISD Teacher Receives Statewide Award

Humanities Texas is pleased to announce that Paula Dolloff of Harlandale STEM Early College High School in San Antonio is one of thirteen recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award.

U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett will present Dolloff with her award during a ceremony at Harlandale STEM Early College High School on Friday, December 15, at 2 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.

Dolloff, whose teaching career spans 25 years, teaches ninth grade English language arts at Harlandale STEM Early College High School, where she helped to build the school’s English department from the ground up.

“Ms. Dolloff is not only an outstanding English teacher in our school, but others in our school district see her as a leader,” said Dr. Eddie Rodriguez, principal of Harlandale STEM Early College High School. “Her style of teaching and care for our students are exceptional and our students’ level of learning is proof of what Ms. Dolloff has accomplished with her level of high expectations for everyone.”

As the first English teacher at Harlandale STEM Early College High School, Dolloff was tasked with condensing two years of STAAR curricula into a single year so that her students would be ready to take college-level English in their sophomore year. In addition to successfully preparing her students for their college-level courses, Dolloff also began an after-school tutoring program to make sure they excelled in those classes.

“I learned quickly that it wouldn’t be enough for me to teach the students English I and II and send them on their way,” said Dolloff. “One day, during a tutoring session which was at the end of a particularly long day, a student remarked, ‘Look at me. I never thought I would ever be able to go to college. And here I am. I’m doing it.’”

“Humanities Texas is pleased to recognize the achievements of Paula Dolloff and Harlandale STEM Early College High School,” said Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. “Dolloff inspires and motivates her students to succeed in the classroom and beyond.”

Dolloff will receive a $5,000 cash award, with an additional $500 for Harlandale STEM Early College 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

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