Outstanding Teaching Awards

Each year, Humanities Texas presents awards recognizing and encouraging excellence in teaching the humanities in Texas schools. In 2014, a total of fifteen awards will be presented.


Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Awards

The Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Awards recognize exemplary K–12 humanities teachers. Each year, eleven teachers are selected to receive a $5,000 cash award and an additional $500 for their respective schools to purchase humanities-based instructional materials.

One additional teacher, chosen from among the applicants for the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award, will receive the James F. Veninga Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award. This award was established to honor James F. Veninga, Humanities Texas Executive Director Emeritus, for his twenty-three years of extraordinary contributions to the state council and to the public humanities in Texas and the U.S. This winning teacher receives a $5,000 cash award, with an additional $500 for his or her school to purchase humanities-based instructional materials.

Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award

The Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award was established in memory of Ms. Howell, former chair of our state humanities council Board of Directors, as a lasting tribute to her service to the organization and her commitment to the study of Texas history. The winning teacher receives a $5,000 cash award, with an additional $500 for his or her school to purchase instructional materials supporting Texas history.

Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching

The Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching recognizes exemplary contributions of early-career humanities teachers who have completed three or fewer years of teaching. Teachers of English, language arts, foreign languages, history, and social studies are eligible for this award, as are teachers of art, drama, and music if they emphasize the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Two teachers will be selected to receive this $5,000 cash award, with an additional $500 for their schools to purchase humanities-based instructional materials.

Eligibility

Nominees must be full-time teachers in Texas public or private schools. Teachers of English and language arts, foreign languages, history, and social studies are eligible for the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Awards and the Awards for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching. Teachers of art, drama, and music are eligible if they emphasize the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Only teachers of Texas history courses are eligible for the Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award. Nominees should be skillful and dedicated teachers who possess an expansive and profound knowledge of the humanities subject(s) they teach. Nominees should also have a record of active involvement in community activities and professional organizations, particularly those that promote the humanities. Previous award winners are ineligible to apply. 

2013 Outstanding Teaching Award Winners

James F. Veninga Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award

Adrian ViccellioClaudia Taylor Johnson High SchoolSan Antonio

Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award
 

Emily AndersonDel Valle Middle SchoolDel Valle
Shannon DuffyOakRun Middle SchoolNew Braunfels
Alexandra GandyJ. J. Pearce High SchoolRichardson
Martha MacFarlandMeridian SchoolRound Rock
Jay MooreAbilene High SchoolAbilene
Donna PauleyAlvin High SchoolAlvin
Leny PhiliposeWylie High SchoolWylie
Melanie RingmanCoppell Middle School NorthCoppell
Rosa SalazarUnited South High SchoolLaredo
Courtney WellmannCollege Station High SchoolCollege Station
Sharon G. WilsonBen Bolt-Palito Blanco High SchoolBen Bolt

Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award
 

Susan BowersBoerne Middle School NorthBoerne

Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching
 

Krystle BredenNorth Shore Senior High SchoolHouston
David CorkillRapoport Academy Public School/Meyer High SchoolWaco
Graham SharpePolytechnic High SchoolFort Worth

Past recipients

A list of Texas teachers who have received the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award and the Linden Heck Howell Award for Outstanding Teaching of Texas History

How to Nominate a Teacher

Nominations for 2014 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities awards are no longer being accepted. Please subscribe to the Humanities Texas e-newsletter to be notified when we invite nominations for the 2015 awards.

Questions about Teaching Awards

Call 512.440.1991 or email ota@humanitiestexas.org.

Stacee Johnson
From left to right: Texas State Representative Jim Pitts; J. A. Vitovsky Elementary School Principal Cherie Wagoner; Liz James, Humanities Texas coordinator of educational programs; 2009 award recipient Stacee Johnson; and Michael Taylor, representative from U.S. Congressman Joe Barton’s office. Photo courtesy of the Waxahachie Daily Light.