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Dawson Teacher honored with 2020 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award

Dawson High School teacher Susan Henson was recently honored with the 2020 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award presented by the nonprofit organization Humanities Texas.

An AP Language and Composition teacher at DHS with over 20 years of experience in education, Henson is being recognized for her exemplary contributions as a humanities teacher at Pearland ISD.

“As an educator, being successful for me means creating a student-centered classroom where every student feels supported, cared for and successful,” Henson said. “Student-centered best describes my approach to education, and student success is the measure by which I judge my methods.”

Henson has taught all levels of high school English and has also directed high school writing centers and composition programs. She has taught the AP Language course for 18 years and regularly serves as a table leader for the AP Language test. Her curriculum guide, Advanced Language, serves as the anchor text of an undergraduate education course and she is a frequent presenter for the AP Annual Convention and other national organizations.

“I have been blessed to work with remarkable students. My biggest accomplishment has been as a teacher of writing, of playing a part in helping young people realize the power of the written word, and how to use it for good in this world,” Henson said.

As the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award recipient, Henson will be presented with a $5,000 check for herself and $1,000 to purchase humanities instructional materials and/or improve humanities courses and programs for her school.