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HOUSTON, TX (May 6, 2018) — On Sunday, May 6, H-E-B announced statewide winners of the 17th annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards during an awards ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Houston. During 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. The program has given away more than $9.5 million in cash and grants since 2002.
Sal Khan delivered the keynote address to a ballroom packed with hundreds of educators, elected officials, community leaders and H-E-B employees. Khan founded the Khan Academy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.
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 2018 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.
Joe Lee Johnson Elementary
Christa McAuliffe Middle School
San Antonio, Texas
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.
United South High School
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.
Coronado Village Elementary
Universal City, Texas
Cypress Falls High School
Winning principals received $10,000 in cash for themselves and a $25,000 grant for each of their schools.
Andrew Trautmann Elementary
Frenship Middle School
The winning early childhood facility received a $25,000 cash prize.
Levelland Academic Beginnings Center
The winning public school board received a $25,000 cash prize.
Small School District
The winning small school district received a $50,000 cash prize.
Large School District
The winning large school district received a $100,000 cash prize.
Fort Bend ISD
Sugar Land, Texas
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