— H-E-B has 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 15th annual awards ceremony, held in San Antonio, 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.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson delivered the keynote address to a ballroom packed with hundreds of
H-E-B employees, community leaders, elected officials, and educators.
following winners were selected from a pool of finalists
who include former winners, school administrators, and university and
2016 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award Winners
Large School District
Leander ISD — Dr. Bret A. Champion, Superintendent ($100,000 cash prize)
Small School District
Valley View ISD — Rolando Ramirez, Superintendent ($50,000 cash prize)
Early Childhood Education Facility
Sunshine Cottage — San Antonio — Belinda Pustka, Executive Director
($25,000 cash prize)
Public School Board
Somerset ISD — Omar Pachecano, Board President ($25,000 cash prize)
The winners received $10,000 in cash for themselves and a $25,000 grant for each of their schools.
Sandy Conklin, Samuel Beck Elementary, Northwest ISD
Delia McLerran, Young Women's Leadership Academy, San Antonio 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 schools.
Laurie Holmes, Popham Elementary, Del Valle ISD
Mark Misage, Westlake High School, Eanes 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 Tammy Verstrate, LaVace Stewart Elementary, Clear Creek ISD
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.
Elementary Hilda Nanez, Green Valley Elementary, Galena Park ISD
SecondaryAlexandra Edwards, Killeen High School, Killeen 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.