H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards
H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards program in cooperation with TASA in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas. The awards celebrate public school professionals whose leadership and dedication inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.
With more than $800,000 in cash prizes awarded annually to deserving teachers, principals, school districts and early childhood facilities, the H‑E‑B Excellence in Education Awards is the largest monetary recognition program for educators in Texas and one of the largest in the nation.
Judging is conducted in cooperation with TASA, Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP), and the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).
A total of 30 regional finalists will be awarded $1,000 for themselves plus a $1,000 grant for their schools. From these finalists, a total of six grand-prize winners will be selected in the following categories:
Rising Star Award (less than 10 years of classroom experience)
One elementary and one secondary teacher will each receive a $5,000 cash prize plus a $5,000 grant for his/her school.
Leadership Award (10 to 20 years of classroom experience)
One elementary and one secondary teacher will each receive a $10,000 cash prize plus a $10,000 grant for his/her school.
Lifetime Achievement Award (more than 20 years of classroom experience)
One elementary and one secondary teacher will each receive a $25,000 cash prize plus a $25,000 grant for his/her school.
A total of 10 regional finalists will be awarded $1,000 each plus $2,500 for their schools. In addition, one elementary school and one secondary school principal will receive $10,000 for themselves plus $25,000 for their schools.
One large school district (4A or 5A) will receive $100,000 and one small school district (1A, 2A, or 3A) will receive $50,000. In addition, five regional large district finalists will be awarded $5,000 each and three regional small district finalists will be awarded $2,500 each.School Board/Leadership Award
This honor is designed to recognize a school board that has demonstrated real leadership in the community that it serves. School board finalists will receive $5,000 in the form of a grant to the school district they serve. One school board could be chosen as a statewide winner and receive $25,000 in the form of a grant to the school district they serve.
Early Childhood Awards
The H‑E‑B Excellence in Education Early Childhood Award is designed to support public or private schools that focus on the care and education of children under the age of 5. The purpose of the award is to offer support to help create or enhance kinder readiness programs that prepare children to enter kindergarten socially and academically ready to learn. The five regional finalists will each be presented with a check for $5,000 to apply toward the enhancement of existing kinder readiness activities or creating new programs for the target population. The overall state winner will be announced and awarded an additional $25,000 grant to apply toward enhancing existing kinder readiness programs or creating a new program for the target population.
A Focus on Excellence
In addition to recognizing and awarding cash prizes to educators and districts, an important goal of the H-E-B Excellence in Education program is to spotlight best practices of Texas schools and educators. Districts across the state can benefit by learning about the programs in other districts that the H-E-B Excellence in Education volunteer judges feel exemplify excellence in education, so TASA is proud to showcase those districts here and in our INSIGHT publication.
2017 District Winners
Large School District Category
Grand Prairie ISD
Susan Simpson Hull, superintendentSmall School District Category
Alamo Heights ISD
Kevin Brown, superintendentEarly Childhood Facility Award
Pre-K San Antonio Education Center
Sandy Weser and Belinda Gonzalez, directorsSchool Board Award
Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees
Kristen Tassin, board president