Business & Education Partnership Luncheon

2017 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr., Former Astronaut & President of the Harris Foundation

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The Power of Partnerships
From the Classroom to the Boardroom

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr
Former NASA Astronaut and President of The Harris Foundation

Friday, May 12, 2017 | OMNI Houston Westside - 13210 Katy Fwy

Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus | West Houston Medical Center | Houston Community College | First Community Credit Union | Fusion Academy - Galleria | Alief Independent School District | Spring Branch Independent School District | Houston Independent School District | | Ice at the Galleria | Harris County Department of Education | Butler Business Products, LLC | Red Frog Promotions | Lone Star College | Consolidated Communications | Coalition for the Homeless | Earth Engineering, Inc.

Thank You 2017 Sponsors!

The Chamber is able to award our community's best educators through the support of:

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Congratulations to our
2017 Teacher of the Year Winners!

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Congratulations to our 2017 Teachers of the Year

Alief Independent School District

Michaela Henderson
Teresa Salinas

Fusion Academy Houston Galleria

Robert Ford
Lujean Smith

Harmony Public Schools South

Antonia Moore
Ladonna Bivens-Johnson

Houston Independent School District

Hilary Smith
Christina Carter-Woods

Spring Branch Independent School District

Amanda Tysor
Teresa Dolan

The Village School

Christine Galib
Myla Taylor



Since its inception in 1990, The Houston West Chamber of Commerce has been proud to host the annual Business & Education Partnership Luncheon, which recognizes the teachers and businesses that mentor the youth in our community. This luncheon honors outstanding local teachers from Elementary (K – 5th Grade), Secondary (6th – 12th Grade), Post-Secondary (Colleges and Universities) as well as private schools who have shown excellence in spirit, energy, enthusiasm and love of learning. Teachers from the Houston, Spring Branch, Katy and Alief School Districts are nominated, as well as private schools and post-secondary teachers from colleges in the West Houston area.

In 2004 the Houston West Chamber of Commerce added the Educational Partnership Awards as a way to recognize businesses (& non-profits) who give so generously of their time and talent to mentor, provide internships and program support (non-cash support).

Former keynote speakers at this event include Senator Dan Patrick, Larry Dierker, Dr. Rod Paige, Dr. John Eliot, Oliver Luck, Hilton Koch and Scott McClelland. Typically garnering approximately 400-500 attendees, this luncheon is consistently a huge success in celebration of our educators.

The teachers in our community are giving the gift of knowledge to our children, our leaders of tomorrow. They care about the success of our children, as do our business partners. It is an honor to pay tribute to these educators and community supporters.