The Mary Smith Lockwood Medal for Education honors an individual who has shown outstanding achievement through education in activities furthering educational pursuits beyond the formal education process. At the March 2019, State Conference Nina Hendee of Houston, nominated by the San Jacinto Chapter, was presented with this medal. Nina’s knowledge and love of Texas history combined with her passion for sharing that history makes her an extraordinary educator. Nina and her husband, Edd, own the Taste of Texas Restaurant where Nina’ extensive collection of Texas historical documents are on display. In 1982, Nina began providing 90-minute presentations on Texas history, plus an excellent lunch, as an addition to the existing curriculum for fourth grade school children. She began offering the program to those teachers whom she knew - this program schedule has now grown to as many as 125 children per day, five days a week, throughout most of the school year. Cumulatively, she has shared her love of Texas history with a half million students. Nina speaks fluidly with meaning and expression that captures the wiggliest student in her audience. Nina also encourages her employees to pursue their high school and college degrees through offering scholarships for their tuition, books, and other educational needs. Mrs. Hendee is truly a Friend of Education.