Inspiring teachers awarded Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award

On Saturday, September 22, the Kinder Foundation honored 12 difference-making Houston-area teachers at the annual Kinder Excellence in Teaching Awards (KETA) dinner.

Nancy and Rich Kinder (right) with the 2018 Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award winners.


Teachers from the Archdiocese of Galveston – Houston, KIPP Texas Public Schools – Houston, Teach for America-Houston, and YES Prep Public Schools were recognized for the positive impact they have had on their students and faculty and were inducted into the KETA Hall of Fame.

Past winners spoke to the impact the gift has had on their lives as well as their students’. Spencer Russell, 2016 KETA winner and teacher at KIPP Legacy Preparatory School, shared the gift helped anchor he and his wife in his school’s community. The couple purchased a home in North Forest to be near “so many of the families and the little people that we love.” Another winner shared she used part of her grant to purchase and anonymously donate graphing calculators to graduating students who needed them for college.

One of the 2018 award winners, Cristo Rey Jesuit Preparatory School of Houston teacher Kimberly Anderson said, “I am inspired every day to come in and greet the students and greet the work that I have and push through knowing that the work I do matters.”

Learn more about this year’s winners here and in the video below: