Children’s Museum Houston honoring HISD teachers with early childhood awards

Twelve Houston Independent School District teachers are being honored by Children’s Museum Houston for being outstanding educators.

The museum’s annual Marian and Speros Martel Early Childhood Educator Award is for pre-K through third-grade teachers who exemplify excellence in the classroom.

“Early childhood education is vitally important for laying the foundation of future success for our students, and that is why we are so proud of these outstanding teachers,” HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “They will have an impact on the lives of our children for decades to come, and I congratulate them on being selected for this well-deserved award.”

The winners of the Speros Martel Early Childhood Educator Award include:

  • Amber Franco – Jefferson Elementary School
  • Jennifer Silva – Robinson Elementary School
  • Shenita Long – Ross Elementary School
  • Ronith Epelbon – Briarmeadow Charter School
  • Evelyn Terry – Halpin Early Childhood Center
  • Mary Faith Johnson-Davis – Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet School
  • Briana McCorkle – Hobby Elementary School
  • Elizabeth Rodgers – Cunningham Elementary School
  • Penelope Raggette – Shadydale Elementary School
  • Sarah Delperdang – Rucker Elementary School
  • Leonore Verdecia – Ed White Elementary School
  • Dana Lopez – R. Martinez Elementary School

Teachers were nominated by parents, principals, and colleagues, and winners were selected by a committee of educators. Winners will receive a $100 honorarium and will be featured on the museum’s Facebook page during April and May.