Harlandale ISD teacher receives statewide award

Harlandale ISD STEM Early College High School teacher Paula Dolloff is one of 13 educators in the state to receive the 2017 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award from Humanities Texas.

Surrounded by Harlandale ISD staff, STEM Early College HS students and Humanities Texas representatives, U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett presented Dolloff with her award at STEM Early College HS on Dec. 15.

The ninth grade English teacher graciously accepted her award and thanked Harlandale staff, Congressman Doggett and the person who nominated her to receive the award, STEM ECHS Principal Dr. Eddie Rodriguez.

“I don’t think I’ve ever worked with an administration that does so much to make sure that as a teacher I can just do my job every day, they support us and they listen to us,” Dolloff said.

She continued to thank her colleagues for the support they constantly provide her, and added that the people she wants to thank the most are her students.

“It is an honor to come in here every day and teach you,” Dolloff said to the proud students sitting in the audience.

She especially thanked the seniors.

“It has been the great privilege of my professional career, to work with you guys and never have I been more proud of a group of students than seeing how far you have come and how far you will go,” Dolloff said.

Her teaching career spans 25 years and she helped build the school’s English department from the ground up.

As the first English teacher at Harlandale STEM Early College High School, Dolloff was tasked with condensing two years of STAAR curricula into a single year so that her students would be ready to take college-level English in their sophomore year. In addition to teaching ninth grade English, Dolloff tutors STEM ECHS students taking English courses at Palo Alto College.

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. The organization received nearly 700 nominations for the 2017 awards.

Dolloff will receive a $5,000 cash award, with an additional $500 for Harlandale STEM Early College High School to purchase instructional materials.

Congratulations, Ms. Dolloff!

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