sharon herrera

Sharon Herrera

Congratulations to Fort Worth’s Sharon Herrera for being named a semi-finalist for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s Educator of the Year Award, which celebrates K-12 educators who are committed to ensuring safe and affirming schools for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

Reached via text message, Herrera told me that, like so many activists, her advocacy for LGBT youth was born out of her own struggle growing up.

“I’m reminded of my 16-year-old self, who was scared and trembling with fear of being me. I’m excited and reminded that I must continue marching,” she wrote. “I stand on Harvey Milk’s shoulders. I gotta give ’em hope!”

The FWISD employee is being recognized for her work as president of LGBTQ Saves, a volunteer group for LGBT students across Tarrant County. She was honored as a grand marshal in the 2014 Tarrant County Pride Parade.

The GLSEN award winner will be announced on May 15.