Ingram Independent School District Assistant Superintendent Mindy Curran was named the West Kerr Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year during the organization's annual banquet on April 20 at Inn of the Hills in Kerrville.
Curran, who started her career at Ingram as a high school mathematics teacher, received applause from the more than 200 people who attended the event. Ingram Superintendent Robert Templeton lauded Curran's work in the district.
"She deserves that award for all of the amazing technical work she does, but she deserves it more for the always being the voice for students who don't have much," Templeton said.
Curran joined Ingram in 2011 and worked her way from the classroom to various administrative roles, including serving as Ingram Middle School principal in 2014. The honor proved humbling for Curran.
"I've very grateful, and I love being appreciated," Curran said. "I might be leading the vision but the people doing the work are doing the hard stuff."
Under Curran's leadership, Ingram ISD has dramatically improved Texas Education Agency ratings and performances. The district earned an A rating for its work in the last TEA ratings. Templeton, however, emphasized Curran's efforts to ensure all children are included in the district's efforts.
"She's always the one who is asking how does this effect kids who can't afford it," Templeton said.