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Reagan’s Paul Fillingim wins Inspiring Teacher Award

Paul Fillingim headshot with text and logos

Congratulations to Reagan High School Theatre Teacher Paul Fillingim, who is one of two teachers in the nation to win the 2024 Inspiring Teacher Award from the Jimmy Awards.  

The National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards, showcases the best young talent in the country. North East ISD has a strong history of students whose talents rise to recognition on a national level. They could not achieve their dreams without teachers like Fillingim. 

“It feels like an award for the entire team at Reagan that produces the musical each year,” said Fillingim. “I just happen to be the one to walk on stage to accept the trophy. The support that we receive from our parents, faculty and administration is second to none. I am lucky to be part of the Reagan Fine Arts department and this award is a testament to the collaborative spirit of our community.”

Fillingim was nominated by Cameron Duggins, his former student, and is one of two educators in the nation to earn this recognition. This award is presented annually to up to two teachers of Jimmy Awards participants, and selection is based on student-submitted nomination materials.

I am still in shock and feel honored that Cameron Duggins, our Jimmy Award’s Nominee from last year, took the time to nominate me. It is called the “Inspiring Teacher Award” and to me that particular word inspiring speaks to the most important part of what we do as arts educators. We are not only training next generation’s artists, but inspiring students to make the arts part of their lives long after high school. That impact exists at both the local and national levels. Primarily, the overwhelming feeling is one of gratitude that my path has led me to NEISD and Reagan High School.” 

Fillingim will travel to New York City to receive his award during a ceremony on June 24. The award also comes with a $2,500 cash grant to support future musical theatre productions.

The Jimmy Awards, named for the late theatrical producer James M. Nederlander, are presented by The Broadway League Foundation. Click here to read the full press release

Congratulations, Paul! 

Posted by Lila Stanley
Posted on 6-12-24