H-E-B Names Winners in 2014 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards

Company Recognized Outstanding Educators and School Districts with Cash Prizes and Grants Totaling $430,000

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 5/5/2014, 12:19 p.m.
On Saturday, May 3, H-E-B announced statewide winners of the 13th annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards during a banquet ...
H-E-B chairman and CEO Charles Butt, center, on stage at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards at the Grand Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas Saturday May 3, 2014.
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2014 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards

Keynote speaker and NBC broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw addresses the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards at the Grand Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas.

Keynote speaker and NBC broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw addresses the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards at the Grand Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas.

HOUSTON, TX — On Saturday, May 3, H-E-B announced statewide winners of the 13th annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards during a banquet at Houston’s Royal Sonesta Hotel. At the 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.

Tom Brokaw delivered the keynote address to a ballroom packed with hundreds of educators, elected officials, community leaders and H-E-B employees. Brokaw is a legendary journalist, author and news anchor best known for his role as anchor of NBC Nightly News for more than two decades.

Lifetime Achievement Elementary category winner Connie Bagley of Crockett Elementary School in San Marcos, Texas at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards at the Grand Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas Saturday May 3, 2014.

Lifetime Achievement Elementary category winner Connie Bagley of Crockett Elementary School in San Marcos, Texas at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards at the Grand Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas Saturday May 3, 2014.

This year, H-E-B added a new category to the awards program to honor a public school board whose members demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the children of the district they serve. 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 2014 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award Winners Are:

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 school.

 Rising Star Elementary category winner Celena Miller of Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Pharr, Texas with HEB chairman and CEO Charles Butt at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards at the Grand Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas Saturday May 3, 2014.

Rising Star Elementary category winner Celena Miller of Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Pharr, Texas with HEB chairman and CEO Charles Butt at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards at the Grand Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas Saturday May 3, 2014.

Rising Star Elementary: Celena Miller, Cesar Chavez Elementary, Pharr, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD

Rising Star Secondary: Mary Lagleder, Earl Warren High School, San Antonio, Northside ISD

Leadership Secondary category winner Bart Taylor of A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Texas reacts to winning at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards at the Grand Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas Saturday May 3, 2014.

Leadership Secondary category winner Bart Taylor of A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Texas reacts to winning at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards at the Grand Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas Saturday May 3, 2014.

Leadership

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: Nicholas Solis, Hillcrest Elementary, Austin, Del Valle ISD

Leadership Secondary: Bart Taylor, A&M Consolidated High School, College Station, College Station 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 school.

Lifetime Achievement Elementary: Connie Bagley, Crockett Elementary, San Marcos, San Marcos CISD

Lifetime Achievement Secondary: Rosbel Peña, Alton Memorial Jr. High School, Alton, Mission CISD

Elementary school principal category winner Gladys Graves of Chilton Elementary of Chilton, Texas reacts to winning at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards at the Grand Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas Saturday May 3, 2014.

Elementary school principal category winner Gladys Graves of Chilton Elementary of Chilton, Texas reacts to winning at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards at the Grand Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas Saturday May 3, 2014.

School Principal

Winning principals received $10,000 in cash for themselves and a $25,000 grant for each of their schools.

Principal Elementary: Gladys Graves, Chilton Elementary, Chilton, Chilton ISD

Principal Secondary: Dr. Jason Johnston, Maurine Cain Middle School, Rockwall, Rockwall ISD

Early Childhood

The winning early childhood facility received a $25,000 cash prize.

ChildCareGroup, Dallas, TX: Victoria Mannes, President

School Board

The winning public school board received a $25,000 cash prize.

Temple ISD, Temple, TX: Steve Wright, Board President

 Small District winner Sehba Ali of KIPP Houston at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards at the Grand Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas Saturday May 3, 2014.

Small District winner Sehba Ali of KIPP Houston at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards at the Grand Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas Saturday May 3, 2014.

Small School District

The winning small school district received a $50,000 cash prize.

KIPP Houston, Houston, TX: Sehba Ali, Superintendent

Large School District

The winning large school district received a $100,000 cash prize.

Edinburg CISD, Edinburg, TX: Rene Gutierrez, Superintendent

Large District category winner Edinburg I.S.D. superintendent Rene Rodriguez, center, at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards at the Grand Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas Saturday May 3, 2014.

Large District category winner Edinburg I.S.D. superintendent Rene Rodriguez, center, at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards at the Grand Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas Saturday May 3, 2014.

About the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards:

H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards program in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas. It has become the largest monetary program for educators in the state, spotlighting best practices and celebrating the passion and creativity of Texas educators.