February 25, 2021
Fernando Zambrano, CFISD assistant director of transportation, human resources, was selected as a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League 2021 Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award. Zambrano is one of three honorees for this year’s award and will be honored virtually during the league’s No Place for Hate Luncheon in May.
Feb. 25, 2021—Fernando Zambrano, CFISD assistant director of transportation, human resources, is one of three recipients of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) 2021 Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award.
Zambrano, who was notified of the honor in late January, joins Dr. Charles Dupre, superintendent of schools of Fort Bend Independent School District, and Matt Smith, coordinator of elementary counseling and behavioral services in Humble Independent School District, as this year’s honorees.
The award pays tribute to three Region IV educators for their outstanding efforts to create an atmosphere in schools that reject prejudice and regard diversity as strength. Walter Kase, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor and the award’s namesake, dedicated his life speaking to youth, educators and community leaders about the dangers of prejudice and bigotry, and the importance of love, respect and understanding.
Zambrano was selected for his instrumental involvement in bringing the ADL’s No Place for Hate program into the transportation department and on the school buses.
The three award recipients will be honored virtually during the ADL’s No Place for Hate Luncheon on May 12.
“I am beyond honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award,” Zambrano said. “I am proud of the overwhelming positive response and support we receive from our amazing transportation employees when discussing our activities each year. As a department that takes pride in being the safest mode of transportation for our students, the No Place for Hate initiative has allowed us to take this a step further, by ensuring all riders feel accepted, included and supported on the school bus every day.”