Texas Catholic Herald - Sept. 14, 2021

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EDUCATION Archdiocesan teachers honored with Kinder Award HOUSTON — Two teachers, one in an elementary school and one in a high school, were honored with the prestigious Kinder Excellence Award for the Archdiocese. Gema Velazco Espinosa, prekindergarten teacher at Holy Ghost School, was surprised with the honor at a school rally. The teacher was presented with a $25,000 Kinder Foundation in Teaching Award, funded by the Kinder Foundation. Ann Tate, the instructional specialist at Holy Ghost School, said Espinosa exemplifies positive qualities for the pre-K students and the whole Holy Ghost School community. “She brings her incredible talents to our pre-K students and gives them a great foundation for learning,” she said. “Gema receiving the Kinder Excellence Award will mean amazing exposure for our pre-K program and for Holy Ghost School.” The other award went to Dr. Steve Liparulo, English teacher at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory.The teacher, who has been at the school for four years, was surprised during a morning assembly with the award. Nominated by Cristo Rey Jesuit leaders, he was selected for being a positive student motivator, and for showing academic growth in his students. †

Houston developer donates a million dollars to Strake Jesuit College Preparatory


Gema Velazco Espinosa (above), pre-kindergarten teacher at Holy Ghost School and Dr. Steve Liparulo (below), English teacher at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory, were honored with the Kinder Excellence Award.


Kendall and Cindy Miller have donation one million dollars to Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. The check was presented during halftime of the school’s season opening home football game on Friday, Aug. 27.

HOUSTON — Strake Jesuit College Preparatory has received one of the largest one-time gifts in the school’s history from Houston philanthropist and developer in support of the school’s longterm vision. Kendall and Cindy Miller, parents of three alumni, joined Father Jeff Johnson, S.J., president of Strake Jesuit, during halftime of the school’s season opening home football game on Friday, Aug. 27, to announce the gift. Father Johnson said this leadership gift sets the school’s vision for the future upon a firm foundation. “Sometimes leaders step up and make significant financial contributions that help us take the next step,” he said. “The Miller family has been part of

our community for 10 years. From the beginning of our strategic planning, Kendall and Cindy have been intimately involved in helping us respond to God’s invitation.” In the history of the school, there have only been two other lump sum cash gifts of this size. “Cindy and I are grateful for the opportunity to support the Strake Jesuit College Preparatory mission and it’s our hope that the great formation our sons received here will continue to be shared by many fine young men in the future,” remarked Kendall Miller as a ceremonial check was received by three current students during the announcement ceremony. †

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