|[May 03, 2014]
H-E-B Names Winners in 2014 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards
HOUSTON --(Business Wire)--
On Saturday, May 3, H-E-B announced statewide winners of the 13th
annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards during a banquet at
Houston's Royal Sonesta Hotel. At the ceremony, H-E-B Chairman and CEO
Charles Butt personally handed out $430,000 in cash awards and grants,
and congratulated eight educators, two school districts, one early
childhood agency and a public school board for being among the best in
Tom Brokaw delivered the keynote address to a ballroom packed with
hundreds of educators, elected officials, community leaders and H-E-B
employees. Brokaw is a legendary journalist, author and news anchor best
known for his role as anchor of NBC Nightly News for more than
This year, H-E-B added a new category to the awards program to honor a
public school board whose members demonstrate exceptional leadership and
service to the children of the district they serve. The following
winners were selected from a pool of 58 finalists by judges who include
former winners, school administrators, and university and community
The 2014 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award Winners Are:
The Rising Star Category recognizes teachers with less than 10 years of
experience. Winners received a $5,000 check for themselves and a $5,000
grant for their school.
Rising Star Elementary: Celena Miller, Cesar Chavez
Elementary, Pharr, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
Rising Star Secondary: Mary Lagleder, Earl Warren High School,
San Antonio, Northside ISD
The Leadership Category honors teachers with 10 to 20 years in the
classroom. Winners received a $10,000 check for themselves and a $10,000
grant for their school.
Leadership Elementary: Nicholas Solis, Hillcrest Elementary,
Austin, Del Valle ISD
Leadership Secondary: Bart Taylor, A&M Consolidated High
School, College Station, College Station ISD
The Lifetime Achievement Category salutes teachers with more than 20
years of experience. Winners received $25,000 in cash for themselves and
a $25,000 grant for their school.
Lifetime Achievement Elementary: Connie Bagley, Crockett
Elementary, San Marcos, San Marcos CSD
Lifetime Achievement Secondary: Rosbel Peña, Alton Memorial
Jr. High School, Alton, Mission CISD
Winning principals received $10,000 in cash for themselves and a $25,000
grant for each of their schools.
Principal Elementary: Gladys Graves, Chilton Elementary,
Chilton, Chilton ISD
Principal Secondary: Dr. Jason Johnston, Maurine Cain Middle
School, Rockwall, Rockwall ISD
The winning early childhood facility received a $25,000 cash prize.
ChildCareGroup, Dallas, TX: Victoria Mannes, President
The winning public school board received a $25,000 cash prize.
Temple ISD, Temple, TX: Steve Wright, Board President
Small School District
The winning small school district received a $50,000 cash prize.
KIPP Houston, Houston, TX: Sehba Ali, Superintendent
Large School District
The winning large school district received a $100,000 cash prize.
Edinburg CISD, Edinburg, TX: Rene Gutierrez, Superintendent
About the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards:
H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards program in cooperation
with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a
positive way to support public education in Texas. It has become the
largest monetary program for educators in the state, spotlighting best
practices and celebrating the passion and creativity of Texas educators.
H-E-B asked customers, Partners (employees) and community members to
nominate teachers, principals, districts, early childhood facilities and
school boards in Texas. Each nominee was sent an invitation to complete
an application online and was asked about their professional
experiences, educational philosophies and achievements both in and out
of the classroom.
A team of judges unaffiliated with H-E-B reviewed the applications and
narrowed the field to semi-finalists. From that pool, five regional
judging panels comprised of former winners, administrators, and
university and community leaders selected 40 teacher and principal
finalists. Finalists and their schools received a cash prize of $1,000
to $2,500, depending on category. Three separate panels selected up to
18 school districts, public school boards and early childhood facilities
as finalists, awarding $2,500 to $5,000 in cash prizes. Site visits were
conducted to determine winners. Teacher and principal finalists were
invited to Houston May 2-3 to compete on a statewide level for larger
cash prizes totaling more than $400,000.
A statewide panel of judges conducted a personal interview with each
individual finalist to select winners. Eight winners - two principals
and six teachers - were announced along with two school districts, one
large and one small, a public school board, and an early childhood
facility, at a celebratory dinner on May 3.
H-E-B, with sales of more than $20 billion, operates more than 350
stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community
service, H-E-B will celebrate its 110th anniversary in 2015.
Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services,
and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability,
H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low
prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 80,000 Partners
and serves millions of customers in more than 150 communities. For more
information, visit www.heb.com.
*For a full list of the 2014 H-E-B Excellence in Education
finalists, please visit the following link: http://www.heb.com/sectionpage/about-us/community/excellence-in-education/2014-award-finalists/sd32450001
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