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Linda Salinas, a history teacher at Harlingen High School, joined an elite group of educators last July when she was selected for the Humanities Texas Award, only 16 teachers in the state are recognized with this award.

On Jan. 21, she was celebrated for this accomplishment with many in attendance, including Harlingen CISD’s Board of Trustees and Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. who spoke highly about Mrs. Salinas and her teaching techniques.

“Mrs. Salinas is on her 10th year as a teacher; she has a list of accomplishments that would make any veteran educator proud, she has shown her school leadership through the development of Harlingen High School’s Advance Placement Program, Founding of the schools District marketing team & Coaching of the Cardette Dance team,” said Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. “While her history class focuses on our world’s past, she has helped bring Harlingen High School into the future, through her leadership in using technology engage her students.”

The Board of Trustees also helped commemorate the occasion, as Dr. Nolan Perez, Vice President of the school board and member of the board of directors at Humanities Texas had this to say, “The mission of Humanities Texas is educational excellence, and one of its main goals is to provide enrichment opportunities to support teachers in the classroom. The Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award honors the most effective and inspiring teachers to highlight the noblest profession that makes all other professions possible. It brings me great joy to celebrate Linda Salinas, an amazing educator who cares deeply about the success of every student.”

Every individual in the room that day was filled with pride as Salinas was presented with her award, including many of her colleagues.

Nominating her for this recognition was none other than her former student, Oziel Landaverde, who also had the opportunity to express his joy and gratitude.

“I’m really happy Mrs. Salinas is in my life, and I nominated her for a reason, she’s probably the most influential people in my life. I dare to say I wouldn’t be at UT Austin or as successful as I am right now without her. I am proud of her and thank you for being a big part of my life,” he said.

Alongside many of Salinas’ achievements, this award is another feather in her cap that accentuates her outstanding teaching methods and passion for her students.