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.

Honorees and guests gather annually and recipients share testimonials on the impact of their awards. 2017 award-winner Mirella Sales, from KIPP CONNECT Houston Middle School said “I became a teacher to pay it forward…it means the world to my daughter…and kids I have had the honor to teach.”

The KETA award winners are recognized annually in the fall.