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Congratulations…Houston area educators granted gifts totaling $240,000

Twelve Houston-area school teachers were recently honored with the annual Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award, receiving a collective total of $240,000 from the Kinder Foundation. Award recipients hail from KIPP Texas Public Schools – Houston, YES Prep Public Schools, Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Galveston – Houston, and Teach for America – Houston. Each was nominated by their School Leader and School Director, has taught at the same network school for at least three years, is a positive motivator to students and faculty, and has led students to academic growth.

The Kinder Excellence in Teaching Awards have awarded more than $3.4 million in grants to approximately 200 teachers since the program was established in 2001. The program was created in honor of Kinder Foundation Chairman Rich Kinder’s mother, Edna C. Kinder, who taught special education for many years in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The Kinder Foundation, a family foundation established in 1997 by Rich and Nancy Kinder of Houston, Texas, provides transformational grants that impact urban green space, education, and quality of life. More at kinderfoundation.org.

2018 Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award Winners:

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF GALVESTON – HOUSTON

Kimberly Anderson: 9th Grade English Composition, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston
Chassidi Younger: Kindergarten and 1st Grade, Queen of Peace Catholic School

KIPP TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS – HOUSTON
Paige Cockrell: 1st Grade Reading and Writing, KIPP CONNECT Primary School
Matthew Cush: 4th Grade Reading, KIPP Dream Prep
Ashley Minor: 5th Grade Math, KIPP Intrepid Preparatory School (TFA)
Rebeka Solis: 8th Grade Science, KIPP Sharpstown College Prep

TEACH FOR AMERICA – HOUSTON

Jared Braun: 5th Grade Reading, Terrace Elementary (SBISD)
Elizabeth (Liz) Rodriguez: 4th Grade ELA and ELA Transitional, B.C. Elmore Elementary School (HISD)

YES PREP PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Claudia Lozano: Algebra I, YES Prep North Forest
Maria Nunez: 6th Grade Math, YES Prep Fifth Ward (TFA)
Chris Peck: Algebra II, YES Prep North Central
Jesse Ruiz: 6th Grade Math, YES Prep Southeast (TFA)

PHOTO: Photo credit Mike Charlton. From left to right: Superintendent of Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Catholic Schools Debra Haney, Teach for America Houston Executive Director Tiffany Cuellar Needham, Ashley Minor, Chassidi Younger, Paige Cockrell, Kimberly Anderson, Jared Braun, President & CEO of KIPP Texas Public Schools – Houston Sehba Ali, Matthew Cush, Rebeka Solis, Claudia Lozano, Maria Nunez, Chris Peck, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Jesse Ruiz, CEO of YES Prep Public Schools Mark DiBella, Nancy Kinder, Rich Kinder.

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