H-E-B announced the statewide winners for the 19th annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, handing out more $430,000 in cash awards and grants to eight educators, two school districts, an early childhood agency and a public school board. The winners were announced during a virtual Toast to Texas Teachers organized by the #TeachersCan initiative in celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week and included surprise appearances from Matthew McConaughey, Eva Longoria, Matt Bonner and Kendra Scott.
The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards has given away more than $12 million in cash and grants to dedicated educators and schools across Texas since 2002. The following winners were selected from a pool of 58 finalists by judges who include former winners, school administrators and university and community leaders.
The 2020 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.
- RisingStar Elementary: Gerardo Villegas Juarez, Charles Graebner Elementary School, San Antonio ISD
- Rising Star Secondary:Laura Dunham, Clear Lake High School, Clear Creek 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 school.
- Leadership Elementary:Morgan Castillo, Woodgate Intermediate School, Midway ISD
- Leadership Secondary:Porfirio Zamora, Veterans Memorial High School, Corpus Christi 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 school.
- Lifetime Achievement Elementary: Diana Garcia, DeZavala Elementary School, San Marcos ISD
- Lifetime Achievement Secondary: Nicole Vickerman, R.C. Clark HIgh School, Plano ISD
Winning principals received $10,000 in cash for themselves and a $25,000 grant for each of their schools.
- Principal Elementary: Dana Boyd, East Point Elementary School, Ysleta ISD
- Principal Secondary: Dr. Carlos Phillips II, Booker T. Washington High School & the High School for the Engineering Professions
The winning early childhood facility received a $25,000 cash prize.
- Lawson Early Childhood School, McKinney ISD
The winning public school board received a $25,000 cash prize.
- Mission Consolidated ISD, Mission
Small School District
The winning small school district received a $50,000 cash prize.
- Boerne ISD, Boerne
Large School District
The winning large school district received a $100,000 cash prize.
- Dallas ISD, Dallas
*For a full list of the 2020 H-E-B Excellence in Education finalists, please click here. https://www.heb.com/static-page/article-template/2020-eie-award-finalists