Harold House, who has been working in special education for 10 years, was informed last week he was the recipient of the Heartspring Award for "Innovation and Creativity in Special Education."
House is employed by the Indianapolis Public School system and teaches at the Marion County Juvenile Center, working with kids from the ages of 11-18.
Many students have been convicted of crimes, ranging from Truancy to Murder. House said 75 percent of these students suffer from learning disabilities or "severe emotional handicaps."
The creative method House used to gain recognition from Heartspring was the establishment of the Pacers Academy, the first ever NBA sponsored school, where Indiana Pacers players reach out to educate at-risk kids in hopes of preventing them from dropping out.
A former resident, House still has major ties to Brazil, as he is the brother of Mayor Ann Bradshaw.
Bradshaw praised her brothers work and said he was very deserving of recognition.
"Harold has worked very hard to achieve his goals," Bradshaw said. "I'm very proud of him. The whole family is."
To commemorate his win, House will address the annual Heartspring conference in Wichita, Kan., in July. House said he is looking forward to the conference, as it gives him a chance to "address people throughout the world working with people needing assistance."
Heartspring is not House's first exposure to the educational awards process. Earlier this year, he was awarded the Upton Sinclair Award of Influential Educators, an award given out by "Education News" and "The Haberman Foundation" for "people who go the extra mile to help young people."
He has also been honored by Mental Health America, the National Association of Special Education Teachers and the Indiana Pacers for his work.
He said he loves all the recognition he has received because it offers him gratification for doing what he considers to be very important work.
"It's always a surprise," House said about the awards process.
"It just inspires me to continue my work. I'm extremely honored."