|[May 08, 2012]
H-E-B Names Winners in 2012 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards
HOUSTON --(Business Wire)--
On Sunday, May 6, H-E-B announced statewide winners of the 2012 H-E-B
Excellence in Education Awards during a banquet at Houston's
InterContinental Hotel. At the ceremony, H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles
Butt personally handed out $585,000 in cash awards and grants and
congratulated 23 educators, campuses, school districts and one early
childhood agency for being among the best in Texas.
H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt (far right) gave away $585,000 in cash awards and grants and congratulated 23 educators, campuses, school districts and one early childhood agency at the 2012 Excellence in Education Awards. (Photo: Business Wire)
Now in its 11th year, the program added a new Early Childhood
Award to support public and private schools and not-for-profit learning
agencies that focus on kinder readiness and the care of children under
"H-E-B is committed to supporting K-12 public education, but we also
know that the most critical years in a child's learning development come
before the age of five," said Kate Rogers, H-E-B's vice president of
communications and engagement.
Mark Kelly delivered the keynote address to a ballroom packed with 670
educators, elected officials, community leaders and H-E-B employees.
Kelly is an American astronaut, retired US Navy Captain, a best
selling-author and an experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions
during the Gulf War. Already a celebrated American, Kelly became the
center of international attention after the January 2011 assassination
attempt on his wife, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The 2012 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
Woodridge Elementary, San Antonio
Rising Star Secondary
Michael Hardy, IDEA Frontier
College Preparatory, Brownsville
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.
Frances Gonzalez-Garcia, Sam
Houston Elementary, Corpus Christi
Emily Swoboda, Communications
Arts High School, San Antonio
The Lifetime Achievement Elementary 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
Highland Park Elementary, Austin
Lifetime Achievement Secondary
Beverly Smith, Lovejoy
High School, Lucas
Winning principals received $10,000 in cash for themselves and a $25,000
grant for each of their schools.
Catherine Bartlett, Hamilton
Ramiro Guerra, Edinburg North
High School, Edinburg
Large School District
The winning large school district received a $100,000 cash prize.
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Houston
Small School District
The winning small school district received a $50,000 cash prize.
Lytle Independent School District, Lytle
The winning early childhood facility received a $25,000 cash prize.
Director Becky Cervantez
Each campus received a $15,000 grant to be paid over three years.
Bishop Garriga Middle Preparatory School, Corpus Christi
East Austin College Prep Academy, Austin
Olsen Elementary, Port Aransas
Harry Shimotsu Elementary, Mission
City Middle School, Missouri City
Murchison Elementary, Pflugerville
Forester Elementary, San Antonio
Pasadena Memorial High, Pasadena
Solomon P. Ortiz Elementary, Brownsville
Brown Elementary, Austin
About the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards:
The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program was created in 2002 in
cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators as a
positive way to support public education and celebrate the
accomplishments of teachers, principals and school districts. Since its
inception, the program has given away more than $5.5 million. The total
awarded this year to semi-finalists, finalists, prizewinners and grant
recipients will top $800,000, making it the largest monetary awards
program in Texas and one of the largest in the nation.
In order to find the best teachers, principals and districts in Texas,
H-E-B asks customers, employees and community members to submit the
names of their favorite educators, administrators and districts. Each
nominee is sent an invitation to complete an application online. They
are asked to describe their professional experiences, educational
philosophies and achievements both in and out of the classroom.
This year, HEB added the Early Childhood Award to support public and
private schools and not-for-profit learning agencies that focus on
kinder readiness and the care of children under five. Last year, H-E-B
introduced the Healthy Campus grants program to reward schools that go
above and beyond to educate children, parents and staff members about
the importance of nutrition and fitness.
A team of judges reviewed the applications, narrowing the field to 239
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. Two separate panels
selected the district and Early Childhood finalists, and conducted site
visits to determine the winners. Healthy Campus grant recipients were
selected by a panel of fitness and nutrition experts from across the
Upon being named finalists, teachers receive $1,000 for themselves and
$1,000 for their school and principals receive $1,000 for themselves and
$2,500 for their school. Finalists in the large district and early
childhood categories receive $5,000 and small districts receive $2,500.
Semi-finalists receive H-E-B gift cards ranging from $250 to $1,000.
H-E-B, with sales of more than $18 billion, operates more than 335
stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community
service, H-E-B celebrated its 105 anniversary in 2010. 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 76,000 Partners and serves millions
of customers in more than 150 communities. For more information, visit www.heb.com.
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