Attention Childhood Educators! It's time to apply for the Martel Early Childhood Educator Award.

August 31, 2023
We invite you to apply

Calling all early childhood educators! The Children’s Museum Houston invites you to apply for the Marian and Speros Martel Early Childhood Educator Award. For the past 24 years, the Children’s Museum Houston and the Martel Foundation have scoured the Houston area for teachers who possess “exemplary commitment” to educating young children.
A committee of educators will narrow down the numerous applications and visit schools to observe finalists in their classrooms. The winner will be awarded a $1,000 honorarium and a one-year membership to the Children's Museum Houston during a ceremony in April 2024. Early Childhood Educators are encouraged to submit their applications. 


Candidates must be the teacher of record in a classroom with children 8 years of age and younger, have an associate's or bachelor's degree in education, Montessori certification or Child Development Associate Certification, and at least five years of current classroom experience.

·     Parents, principals or others who would like to nominate an Early Childhood teacher may do so by providing their nominee with this document to apply.

·     Teachers you may apply without being nominated.  

·     Applications can be found on the Museum website at

·     For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Williams at (713) 535-7286 or email

*Teachers can be nominated multiple years but may only win the award once!