Kens 5 and San Antonio Federal Credit Union (SACU) representatives surprised STEM Early College HS teacher Ann Brown with the ExCEL Award and a $1,000 check on April 11.
Superintendent Rey Madrigal and district officials were on hand to congratulate the award winner.
“Great teachers make great schools and we are very blessed at Harlandale ISD to have such a great and wonderful teacher like Ms. Ann Brown,” Madrigal said.
Brown was selected as the ExCEL Award recipient for going above and beyond the call of duty.
The biology and chemistry teacher has skyped with teachers in Antarctica and Madagascar so that the students could communicate with them and explore other parts of the world.
In addition to teaching, Brown is the eleventh grade level chairperson, founder and co-sponsor of the Science Club and is facilitating the schools participation in San Antonio Water System’s IMPACT event. This year, she is also assisting the Engineering Department and students with their MATE Robotics Competition.
Brown is known for bringing science to students outside the school day. She takes her Space Club students on an annual trip to Corpus Christi to study marine biology and makes yearly trips to UT Austin’s Open House so that students can explore college as early as freshman year.
When receiving her award, Brown thanked the students, staff and administration at STEM Early College High School.
“I am very fortunate to work here at this school,” Brown said. “We have amazing students that are dedicated to their education and I also work with an amazing group of teachers and our administration is so supportive of creativity and hard work and I am just honored and humbled and happy to be representing Harlandale.”
The ExCEL Award is given to one teacher in every school district in the San Antonio area. A feature on Brown will air this Thursday at 6 p.m.