ASTEF’s Advocate for Education 2017
Erin Steele is a native Houstonian who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching degree from Sam Houston State University in 1980.
She was an Orange Key while at SHSU and was inducted into the Sam Houston chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.
She married her husband, Robert, in 1980, and briefly worked as a speech language pathologist in the Pasadena and Pearland school districts before joining her husband their business:Texas Honing.
She is a member of SHSU’s President’s Circle and a Life Member of the Alumni Association. In 2010, she and husband Robert established two endowments benefitting science or engineering students and students in educator preparation programs. They are proud sponsors the annual “Let’s Talk” scholarship banquet benefitting the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College.
In 2015, the “Steele Center for Professional Practice” was established to house vital components of preparing effective teachers and professional educators.
Steele also is a recipient of the 2010 Alumni Association Service Award. She has supported SHSU for more than 34 years and has been a member of the Samuel Houston Society for 16 years.
In Pearland, Steele has served as PTA president and various committee chairs at the elementary through high school levels. She has received two PTA Life Membership awards.
She currently serves as Treasurer and Scholarship Chair of the Houston Professional Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi.
She is a past president of Keep Pearland Beautiful and is past recipient of the Recycler of the Year and the Golden Pear awards from KPB. She is a past president of Women in Leadership Society of Pearland. WLS provides emergency assistance and awards scholarships to single mothers in Brazoria County.
Erin is the class reporter for her adult Sunday School class at First United Methodist Church of Pearland.
Robert and Erin were named Citizens of the Year for 2008 by the Pearland Area Chamber of Commerce. They serve on the board of the Steele Charitable Foundation and have awarded over $300,000 in scholarships to children of employees of Texas Honing, Inc., since 1998.
They continue this program even though the company was sold in 2008.