Educator wins 2018 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award

September 20, 2018

Jersey Village High School ELL teacher Kim-Ling Sung was among 11 winners across Texas to receive an Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award in 2018.
Jersey Village High School ELL teacher Kim-Ling Sung was among 11 winners across Texas to receive an Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award in 2018. In earning the distinction, Sun won a $5,000 reward and an additional $500 for Jersey Village for humanities-based instructional materials. (Photo by Andrea Zagal, Jersey Village HS)

By Andrea Zagal, Jersey Village HS

Sept. 20, 2018—Jersey Village High School ELL teacher Kim-Ling Sun was recognized as a 2018 winner of the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award, an honor that is rewarded to only 11 K-12 humanities educators across the entire state.

Sun follows in the footstep of other recent Humanities Texas award winners from CFISD, including Cy-Fair High School Spanish teacher Cameron Stephen and retired Cypress Woods High School teacher Candace Tannous, who were 2016 and 2015 honorees, respectively.

Full-time teachers of English and language arts, foreign languages, history and social studies are eligible to be nominated for the Humanities award. In addition, a teacher must have an impact on students and make education enjoyable. Christine Layton, a former teacher, nominated Sun.

“Humanities Texas holds multiple workshops throughout the year and they are just a great organization who supports teachers,” Sun said.

After accepting the nomination, Sun wrote an essay describing how she puts the humanity back into humanities.

“My ELL classes have really impacted my life in that they have given a face to the one of the many causes for which I fight for outside the classroom,” she said. “My students deserve a quality education which will propel them to a more promising future.”

Humanities-2.jpgJersey Village High School ELL teacher Kim-Ling Sun was named a 2018 winner of the Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities Award, an honor that is rewarded to only 11 K-12 humanities educators across the entire state. (Photo by Andrea Zagal, Jersey Village HS)
Jersey Village High School ELL teacher Kim-Ling Sun was named a 2018 winner of the Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities Award, an honor that is rewarded to only 11 K-12 humanities educators across the entire state. (Photo by Andrea Zagal, Jersey Village HS)

In earning the distinction, Sun won a $5,000 reward and an additional $500 for Jersey Village for humanities-based instructional materials.

“I was very shocked and overwhelmed to learn that I had received this award,” she said. “It makes me proud to know that ELL teachers are valued in their contribution to the English field of Humanities.”

Sun has previously taught English Dual and AP classes, but transitioned into ELL classes to help teach students how to better understand literature. With the money she receives from the award, Sun said she hopes to take her classes on a field trip to the Renaissance Festival where the students will be able to attend a Shakespeare educational class to assist in their learning of the English language.

“I believe one reason I was awarded this honor is because I am an unabashed advocate for my students in this building, and I teach them to self-advocate,” Sun said.

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