Position: German Teacher
School District: Humble Independent School District
School: Kingwood High School

How has this person changed your life?:
Mr. Kniess became a teacher to make a positive difference in the lives of students in his community and all over the world. While his passion is the German language and culture, he encourages his students to embrace all cultures and languages. I met Mr. Kniess through Rotary. Our club in Humble, TX relies on local high schools to help promote our Rotary Youth Exchange programs. Mr. Kniess coordinates the event for us at his school and speaks the praises of the program to his students. He has inspired about ten students to participate in both short and long term Rotary exchanges. Those students have studied in five or six different countries. As a former exchange student, I can tell you I would have never done it without the encouragement of teachers like Mr. Kniess. And in today’s world where it is more important than ever to promote peace and world understanding, we need students to be excited about opportunities to live abroad.
Mr. Kniess is also responsible for the German Club at KHS. His students have won the Texas State German competition four years in a row. And he was just named teacher of the year for 2016/2017.