Rogers Middle School’s Laurie Wagner (middle) accepts the 2016 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award from State Sen. Larry Taylor (left) and Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael Gillette.

Rogers Middle School teacher wins statewide humanities award

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Rogers Middle School’s Laurie Wagner (middle) accepts the 2016 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award from State Sen. Larry Taylor (left) and Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael Gillette.

Rogers Middle School’s Laurie Wagner (middle) accepts the 2016 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award from State Sen. Larry Taylor (left) and Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael Gillette.

A Rogers Middle School teacher has earned statewide recognition for her innovative lessons that help students explore and address challenges faced by people and cultures around the globe.

Laurie Wagner — a sixth-grade world cultures, geography and language arts teacher — numbers among only 12 recipients of Humanities Texas’ 2016 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award.

State Sen. Larry Taylor and Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael Gillette presented the award to Wagner during a campus ceremony Nov. 17.

This year, Humanities Texas received more than 700 nominations for the award, which honors teachers who have made exemplary contributions in instruction, curriculum development and extracurricular programs.

As an award recipient, Wagner wins $5,000 for herself and an additional $500 for instructional materials for Rogers.

Wagner provides engaging, innovative activities that help students understand their role as global citizens. One of her biggest achievements is establishing the school’s I-Fest, where students lead mini-courses on culture, history and geography of different international regions, engaging the entire school and community in a daylong learning event.

“My students will hopefully leave my classroom with an understanding of their place in the world and the unique opportunities they have to make a change for the better,” Wagner said.

Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, seeks to advance education through programs that improve the quality of teaching, support libraries and museums and create opportunities for lifelong learning for all Texans.

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