Ava Bella Windham, a fifth grade student in Karen Drexler’s class at Sinclair Elementary received the Nell Baham Achievement Award on the last day of school. She is the daughter of Leticia Martinez and Paul Windham.
Ava has attended Sinclair since Pre-K, is an honor roll student, and received nine medals in addition to the Baham award. The Sinclair PTA rewarded Ava for a job well done by awarding her with a $50 check. Ava will attend Lanier Middle School in the fall. Mrs. Baham is pleased that this award established in 1999, in her honor, and congratulated Ava as the l8th recipient. The PTA honored Nell Baham with this award when she retired from public school for her dedication to the education of young children for over three decades.
Students who are winners of this prestigious award must exhibit good citizenship traits, excel in academics, make worthy contributions to Sinclair and within the community.
Ava has exceeded this criteria states Ms. Drexler who presented her more awards for a job well done, including commended achievement in Math and Science, earning a 100 in both. Baham is the 2008 Leader of the Year recipient. This award is presented annually by the newspaper to someone in the community who makes a difference in the lives of others. She is still very involved and dedicated to the education of children and she continues to use her time and talent volunteering in neighborhood schools.
She is an active member of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church and makes many contributions there as well. She also continues to teach seniors at the University of Houston who plan to become teachers and Mrs. Drexler was one of her students. She considers the Baham Achievement Award a great honor and puts it at the top of the list of the many awards she has received during the past 54 years as an educator.
She was the guest speaker at the Promotion Day program and presented Ava with the award.