The award ceremony will take place on Monday, November 11, 2013, at College Station High School. State Senator Charles Schwertner will present the award to Dr. Wellmann.
Humanities Texas presents these awards annually to Texas classroom teachers who have made exemplary contributions in teaching, curriculum development and extracurricular programming. Nearly three hundred and thirty teachers across the state were nominated for the 2013 awards.
Dr. Wellmann teaches English and journalism at College Station High School, a newly established high school in the College Station Independent School District.
“Dr. Wellmann’s ability to constantly challenge her students’ individual cognitive abilities in the arena of English and yearbook/newspaper publishing creates an unparalleled excitement about learning among her students,” said Mike Martindale, principal at College Station High School. “Her classroom is a busy learning environment where students are choosing to explore content due to a desire to develop a deeper understanding.”
After teaching at A&M Consolidated High School for nineteen years and starting the school’s award-winning newspaper in 1995, Dr. Wellmann moved to College Station High School last year. She again took up the challenge to start both the newspaper and yearbook programs.
“Whether in English, journalism, newspaper or yearbook, I want students to love learning, to appreciate reading and the journey of self-examination it provides, to understand that words can change the world and to find their voice and to share it,” said Dr. Wellmann.
“There’s nothing more critical to a child’s educational success than a caring and committed teacher who can captivate the imagination of their students and inspire them to grasp that which seems out of reach,” said Senator Schwertner. “Educators like Dr. Wellmann make some extraordinary personal sacrifices to ensure that each of their individual students is provided with the opportunity to realize their potential.”
“We are pleased to recognize such an accomplished teacher,” said Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. “Dr. Wellman instills the joys of learning in her students and motivates them to achieve at high levels.”
Dr. Wellmann will receive a $5,000 cash award, with an additional $500 for College Station High School to purchase instructional materials.
The state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Texas develops and supports programs across the state, including teacher institutes, lectures, oral history projects, museum exhibitions and documentary films.
Humanities Texas is currently accepting nominations for the 2014 Outstanding Teaching Awards. Additional information about Humanities Texas and its teacher award program is available at www.humanitiestexas.org.