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2014 Excellence in Education Winners

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, H-E-B announced the statewide winners in the 2014 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. Winners were announced during the Awards Celebration held in Houston at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, where H-E-B gathered 40 educators, seven school districts, five early childhood facilities and five school boards to honor them for their outstanding commitment to education.

2014 Excellence in Education Award Winners

Rising star category

This award recognizes teachers with less than 10 years of experience. The two winning teachers each received a $5,000 check for themselves and a $5,000 grant for their schools.

Celena Miller

Elementary category
Celena Miller
Cesar Chavez Elementary
Pharr

Mary Lagleder

Secondary category
Mary Lagleder
Earl Warren High School
San Antonio

Leadership category

This award honors teachers with 10 to 20 years in the classroom. The two winning teachers each received a $10,000 check for themselves and a $10,000 grant for their school.

Nicholas Solis

Elementary category
Nicholas Solis
Hillcrest Elementary
Austin

Bart Taylor

Secondary category
Bart Taylor
College Station

Lifetime Achievement category

This award salutes teachers with more than 20 years of experience. The two winning teachers each receive $25,000 in cash for themselves and a $25,000 grant for their school.

Connie Bagley

Elementary category
Connie Bagley
Crockett Elementary
San Marcos

Rosbel Pena

Secondary category
Rosbel Peña
Alton Memorial Jr. High School
Alton

Elementary School Principal category

Grace Graves, the winner in this category, received $10,000 in cash for herself and a $25,000 grant for her school.

Grace Graves

Grace Graves
Chilton Elementary
Chilton

Secondary School Principal category

Dr. Jason Johnston, the winner in this category, received $10,000 in cash for himself and a $25,000 grant for his school.

Dr. Jason Johnston

Dr. Jason Johnston
Maurine Cain Middle School
Rockwall

Small School District category

As the winning small school district, KIPP Houston received a $50,000 cash prize.

KIPP Houston

KIPP Houston
Superintendent: Sehba Al

Large School District category

As the winning large school district, Edinburg Independent School District received a $100,000 cash prize.

Edinburg CISD

Edinburg CISD, Edinburg
Superintendent: Rene Gutierrez

Early Childhood Award

ChildCareGroup, the winning early childhood facility, received a $25,000 grant.

ChildCareGroup

ChildCareGroup, Dallas
President: Victoria Mannes

School Board Award

This year, a new award was added to honor School Boards for their hard work and dedication to the districts they serve. Temple I.S.D., the winning School Board, received a $25,000 grant for the district they represent.

Temple ISD

Temple ISD, Temple
Board President: Steve Wright