HSPVA recognizes teacher for Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities Award 

Three HISD teachers are recognized by Humanities Texas

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The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) recognized world geography teacher Jennifer Chase for being a winner of the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award by Humanities Texas—the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award recognizes eleven teachers annually for their exemplary K-12 humanities curriculum.

“Whether working with her world geography classes, collaborating with the National Honor Society members, or spending extra time tutoring a struggling student, Jennifer is always doing what is best for the students,” HSPVA Principal R. Scott Allen said. “She is one of the most talented and engaging teachers I have had the opportunity to work with in my 26 years of education.” 

U.S. Congressman Ted Poe presented Chase with the award Monday afternoon along with a cash award of $5,000, and an additional $500 for the campus to purchase humanities-based instruction materials.

“I can’t thank my students enough for making this possible,” Chase said. “Nowhere else in our educational cannon do we discuss not only the greatness of the human species but also our faults.”

Every year, Humanities of Texas presents a total of 17 awards recognizing and encouraging excellence in teaching humanities in Texas schools.

“The study of the humanities ensures that we collectively remember the mistakes and wrongs that have occurred at the hands of humans,” Chase added.

Other Humanities Texas winners include Margo Hickman of Jack Yates High School for the Outstanding Teaching of Humanities Award and Traniece A. Brown of Deady Middle School for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching.

Chase was also one of three teachers recognized in February as a finalists for the 2018 HEB Excellence in Education Awards. She will go on to represent HISD in the state competition for a chance to win additional cash prizes totaling $430,000.