Excellence in Teaching Awards

The Kinder Excellence in Teaching Awards (KETA) has 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 Rich Kinder’s mother, Edna C. Kinder, who taught special education students for many years in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The program concentrates on the Houston area and recognizes innovative and results-oriented teaching and raises public awareness of the importance of effective and committed teachers in the KIPP, Yes Prep, Teach for America, and Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston networks.

Of the honor, 2018 KETA winner Chassidi Younger, kindergarten and first grade teacher at Queen of Peace Catholic School, said, “This award lets me know I’m doing a really good job in my classroom, and motivates me to keep striving for the best.”

The KETA honorees are recognized annually in the fall.