Houston Teacher Receives Statewide Award

Cypress, TX (February 22, 2016) Humanities Texas is pleased to announce that Matthew Campbell of Houston been named one of two recipients of the 2015 Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching.

State Senator Paul Bettencourt and Liz James, coordinator of educational programs at Humanities Texas, will present Campbell with his award during a faculty meeting at Langham Creek High School on Monday, February 22, 2:45 p.m.

Humanities Texas presents annual statewide awards to encourage excellence in teaching and recognize Texas classroom teachers who have made exemplary contributions in teaching, curriculum development and extracurricular programming. Over four hundred and fifty teachers across the state were nominated for the 2015 awards.

Campbell teaches dual credit and AP U.S. history in Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D. at Langham Creek High School, where he also coaches the UIL social studies team and founded the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society.

Additionally, Campbell has led the expansion of the AP U.S. history program at Langham Creek High School, which included the creation of an AP European history class. In 2014, he was nominated for CFISD’s Spotlight Teacher of the Year.

“In only three years as a teacher, Mr. Campbell has made a mark at Langham Creek,” said Principal David Hughes. “He is energetic, engages students in the subject matter and demonstrates his passion and love for what he teaches.”

“It amazes me that in such a short time period, one man’s innovative teaching strategy and passion for history has measurably impacted students and the entire social studies department,” said State Senator Paul Bettencourt. “To Mr. Campbell’s credit, enrollment in AP history has increased, the Dual Credit course has doubled and he even started a European history AP class. I was proud to author SB 1004 along with Representative Senfronia Thompson that encourages more participation in dual credit courses, but it takes teachers with heart like Mr. Campbell to prepare and guide students to excel in such courses.  Mr. Campbell’s enthusiasm for teaching will only inspire more student success.  He is truly deserving of the award.”

Campbell has grown the AP U.S. history program at Langham Creek from 120 students to over 300. Part of his success in expanding the AP U.S. history program is certainly due to his innovative and creative teaching methods and classroom activities that foster the importance of learning and understanding history.

“It is my job as a teacher to show students that history is a fluid and an ever-changing narrative that is constantly being re-synthesized,” said Campbell.

Whether engaging students through art, music, primary sources, literature or pop culture, Campbell requires his students to partake in the historical process.

“My biggest accomplishment is when the students become the historians and the teachers,” said Mr. Campbell. “I like to see it as students doing history instead of just learning it.”

“Humanities Texas is pleased to recognize the achievements of Matthew Campbell and Langham Creek High School,” said Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. “Mr. Campbell inspires and motivates his students to succeed in the classroom and beyond.”

Campbell will receive a $5,000 cash award, with an additional $500 for Langham Creek High School to purchase instructional materials.

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.

Courtesy of Humanities Texas