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Editor's Note - Article reprinted with permission of Rochelle ISD

Humanities Texas is pleased to announce that Rex Ewert of Rochelle high School has been selected as one of 15 recipients of a 2021 Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching Award.

Ewert is a recipient of the Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award, which recognizes exemplary K–12 humanities teachers. While he has taught U.S. history, world history, world geography, Texas government and economics at Rochelle High School for three years, Ewert’s career in the classroom spans 24 years. 

“The thing I enjoy most about teaching is getting to know and building relationships with the students in my classes,” Ewert said. “To that end, my foremost objective at the beginning of every class is to engage students in the learning process. If students feel that they are an important part of the class, they will be engaged and more likely to learn.” 

Humanities Texas presents annual statewide awards to encourage excellence in teaching and recognize Texas classroom teachers who have made significant contributions in teaching, curriculum development and extracurricular programming.  

Over 600 hundred teachers from across the state were nominated for this year’s awards. During the 2021–22 school year, each winning teacher will receive $5,000 and an additional $1,000 for his or her school to purchase humanities-based instructional materials. 

 “Humanities Texas is pleased to recognize the achievements of Rex Ewert and Rochelle High School,” said Humanities Texas Executive Director Eric Lupfer. “He inspires and motivates his students to succeed in the classroom and beyond.” 

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. 

For a complete list of 2021 Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching Award recipients, visit www.humanitiestexas.org/education/teacher-awards