The Américas Award is awarded based on the input of the Américas Award Review Committee, the members of which serve three-year terms.
David Campos (2017-2019)
David Campos is a Professor of Education at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas where he has supervised student teachers and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in special education, multicultural education, and instructional design and delivery. He has written books on youth sexuality, childhood health and wellness, and the schooling of Latinos. He began his career in education over 25 years ago when he started teaching second grade. He later entered graduate school, taught ESL, and worked in corporate training and development. In addition to his teaching at UIW, David has served as a consultant to the Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida), Fairfax County Public Schools (Virginia), Collier County School District (Florida), Austin Independent School District (Texas), and Pampa Independent School District (Texas). David loves to teach his students (who are future teachers) the many different ways that children learn and to share with them how to best shape children’s lives. He enjoys that he get to share his passion for education and his own of love of learning, and that he get to witness his students develop into teachers because of what they have learned from him. He considers it a blessing to see his students grow from one year to the next learning one form of methods instruction after another and then applying these skills in their professional lives.
Denise Croker (2015-2017)
Denise Croker (B.A. English, B.A. Spanish – University of Kansas; M.Ed. English Education – Peabody School of Vanderbilt University) has taught both Spanish and English in her 26-year career as a high school teacher. Though she began teaching in the public schools, she currently teaches at The Harpeth Hall School, and all-girls’ 5-12 independent school in Nashville, Tenn. There, she has been named a Hofstead Chair in the Humanities. In her role as journalism teacher and Media Adviser, she advised the award winning newspaper Logos, and news site, LogosNow.org. She has been named the Tennessee State Media Adviser of the Year and has won national recognition as a Dow Jones Special Recognition Adviser. She has also been recognized for her writing, earning the Paul and Kate Farmer English Journal Award. Denise currently teaches World Literature and AP English Language and Composition. She is also interested in Young Adult fiction, nonfiction, and writing instruction. She and her husband, Joe — a teacher who also earned double major in English and Spanish — have two daughters, Saffron and Seville.