HEB announces local finalists for Excellence in Education Award
SAN ANTONIO –
H-E-B has announced eight finalists for the 2015 Excellence in Education Award, the largest monetary awards program for educators in Texas.
H-E-B representatives surprised the finalists by visiting their classrooms with balloons, cake and flowers.
Six of the finalists received a $1,000 check for themseles and a $1,000 check for their schools.
The teacher finalists are:
- Anne Peppers, East Central Development Center, East Central ISD - finalist for Rising Star Award
- Melanie Leija, Frank Tejeda Academy, Harlandale ISD - finalist for Rising Star Award
- Carol Anderson, Julia Newton Aue Elementary, Northside ISD - finalist for Leadership Award
- Colin Lang, Alamo Heights High School, Alamo Heights ISD - finalist for Leadership Award
- Alma Gonzalez, Woodridge Elementary, Alamo Heights ISD - finalist for Lifetime Achievement Award
- Donna Tripp, Robert G. Cole High School, Fort Sam ISD - finalist for Lifetime Achievement Award
The Rising Star Award honors exceptionally promising teachers, while the Leadership Award honors teachers with 10-20 years in the classroom. And the Lifetime Achievement Award salutes teachers who have more than 20 years of experience.
Also joining the teacher finalists are two principals:
- Joanelda DeLeon, principal of Highland Hills Elementary, San Antonio ISD
- Kathy Bieser, principal of International School of the Americas, North East ISD
The finalists are invited to compete on May 2-3 on a statewide level for larger cash prizes totaling $430,000.
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