For over 20 years, Indianapolis residents Al and Kathy Hubbard have served as major supporters of the schools and programs within IPS. Partnering with United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) they have committed up to $400,000 annually to honor exceptional teachers and principals within our district through the Hubbard Life-Changing Teacher and the Life-Changing School Leader Awards. Indiana Pacer and Broad Ripple High School Alumni, George Hill serves as the spokesperson to help promote the award. Hill was eager to support the cause because he received major encouragement from his high school English teacher Susan Avery. Teachers like Ms. Avery, who encourage and go above and beyond for their students, are the educators who are honored and recognized with the Hubbard Award.


The Hubbards embarked on their compelling journey of giving back when they learned of a student’s life-changing experience with his reading teacher from John Marshall Community High School. During the first year, $25,000 each was presented to Cynthia Hartshorn of Arsenal Technical High School, Deb Wolinsky of Broad Ripple Magnet High School for Arts and Humanities, Rhonda Pierre of Harshman Magnet Middle School and Tina Alghren of Shortridge Magnet High School for their outstanding work and dedication to the students of IPS.


“Our educators change the lives of students every day,” says Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee. “This award allows us to recognize the work of our servants who encourage and inspire a brighter future for us all. We are fortunate to have the support of the Hubbard Family, United Way and one of our own, George Hill, who represents one of many IPS success stories.”


This year, principals can also be nominated for the new Hubbard Life-Changing School Leader Award! This award is for school leaders who have shown heroic leadership and have changed students and teachers lives. Nominations are being accepted now through January 26, 2016. United Way will select semi-finalists and a selection committee will choose winners to be announced in the spring. The criterion for the Hubbard Life-Changing Teacher Award and the Hubbard Life-Changing School Leader Award are as follows:

  • Teacher/principal must be currently employed fulltime by Indianapolis Public Schools.
  • Classroom and non-classroom teachers are eligible, including librarians, coaches and Title I teachers.
  • Teacher/principal must have transformed the lives of one or more students.
  • Teacher/principal must have achieved positive academic outcomes.
  • Teacher/principal cannot self-nominate.


Last year, United Way received over 500 nominations from 65 schools and programs. Four IPS educators were presented with the Hubbard Award and six finalists received $1,000. This year, principals are eligible for the Hubbard Life Changing Leadership Award in addition to the Life Changing Teacher Award. Four teachers/principals will be chosen this year as well as six finalists. Nominate an exceptional teacher or principal today! Nominations will be accepted through January 24, winners will be announced May 27, 2016!