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Congratulations to David Kniess on receiving the Sterling Shining Star Award



(Pictured left to right) Sterling Executive Vice President & Chief Education Officer Dr. M. Joan Terry, Retirement Specialist Dave Cox, Regional Manager Bill Ballou, Regional Manager Chris Conley, Retired Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo, David Kniess, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, Dr. Ted Landry, Sterling Regional Manger Jason Mutchler, and Retirement Specialist Larry Campbell.


Sterling National Financial Group (SNFG) representatives surprised Kingwood High School Teacher of the Year, David Kniess with a 2017 Sterling Shining Star Award. 


The Sterling Shining Star of the Year award is an annual honor program that recognizes and rewards school district educators and employees who are making a significant difference in the lives of students. Kniess is one of two educators chosen, by a committee made up of four revered educators, to receive 2017 Sterling Shining Star Award and $10,000 to be equally shared between him and Kingwood High School.


Sterling Executive Vice President & Chief Education Officer Dr. M. Joan Terry announced the award and handed the check and personalized memory book to Kniess and Jason Mutchler, SNFG Regional Manager, presented Kingwood High School Principal Dr. Ted Landry with the campus check. Sterling agents Bill Ballou, Chris Conley, and Dave Cox were also present during the award presentation.


The German teacher was nominated because of his passion for teaching the German language and culture and for continuously inspiring his students. After Kniess was named a Sterling Shining Star Award finalist, hundreds of Kingwood High School students, staff, parents and community members left hundreds of comments on the Sterling Shining Star website about the positive impact he’s had in their lives.


“Sterling National is so proud of Mr. Kniess,” Dr. M. Joan Terry said. “I am excited to present this check to an amazing teacher.”