05.03.2015 — At a May 3 awards ceremony in Austin, H-E-B announced the winners of the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, a program the retailer launched in cooperation
with TASA in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in
At the 14th annual awards 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 Texas.
Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business who is best known for his famous TED talks, delivered the keynote address to a ballroom packed with hundreds of H-E-B employees, community leaders, elected officials, and educators — including 2015 National Teacher of the Year (and Texas Teacher of the Year) Shanna Peeples
The following winners were selected from a pool of 58 finalists by judges who include former winners, school administrators, and university and community leaders.
2015 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award Winners
Large School District — Humble ISD, Dr. Guy Sconzo, Superintendent ($100,000 cash prize)
Small School District
Burnet CISD, Keith McBurnett, Superintendent
($50,000 cash prize)
— Arlington ISD, Bowie Hogg, Board President ($25,000 cash prize)
Early Childhood Facility — Aldine ISD, Dr. Rosalinda Rodriguez, Area Superintendent ($25,000 cash prize)
School Principals — The winners received $10,000 in cash for themselves and a $25,000 grant for each of their schools.
Elementary: Aaron Pena, Woodway Elementary, Midway ISD (Waco)
Secondary: Larry Berger, Pearland High School, Pearland ISD
Lifetime Achievement —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 schools.Elementary: Norm Sands, Tabasco Elementary, La Joya ISD
Secondary: Michael Clark, Bellaire High School, Houston 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 schools.
Elementary: Erica Crowder, Windermere Primary School, Pflugerville ISD
Secondary: Krystal Watson, Collegiate High School, Corpus Christi ISD
Elementary: Melinda Gaona Schermerhorn, Elsa England Elementary, Round Rock ISD
Rising Star —
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 schools.
Secondary: Cindy Jones, Woodrow Wilson Junior High, Dayton ISD
The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards have become the largest monetary program for educators in the state,
spotlighting best practices and celebrating the passion and creativity
of Texas educators.