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State Board of Education Honors Nicole Padron

Fort Worth ISD mentors Mari Mueller and Nicole Padron were recently recognized by the State Board of Education (SBOE). The two Academy 4 volunteers were recently awarded SBOE’s 2020 Heroes for Children Award for District 13 and the 2020 Student Heroes Award for District 11, respectively. These prestigious awards are presented to one of only 15 students and adults selected statewide for acts of kindness, charity, and selfless service toward others.

Academy 4 is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that connects churches to schools and communities through mentoring fourth graders in leadership in Title 1 schools throughout Tarrant County and Austin.

Marti Mueller has served as an Academy 4 mentor for eight years at Daggett Elementary School, and this year will be her ninth. She serves in numerous organizations in the Fort Worth community.

Nicole Padron is a senior at Western Hills High School and part of Academy 4’s high school partnership. She was a fourth grader at Daggett Elementary in 2012, the first year of Academy 4, and now she has come full circle as a program mentor. She mentors at Western Hills Elementary. She carries various leadership roles at her high school and in the community.

“We are excited to have two Academy Mentors honored by TEA for their service. They are true heroes in our community, and both are inspiration to other volunteers and the at-risk fourth graders they mentor through Academy 4,” said John Shearer, Academy 4 executive director.

The SBOE read a resolution announcing this year’s award honorees at its September 11 general meeting.