San Antonio Educators named Finalists for 2013 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards

Educators to Compete on a Statewide Level for $500,000 in cash prizes 

180x150-HEBEight San Antonio educators have been named finalists for a 2013 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award, spotlighting them as some of the best educators in Texas. The eight San Antonio educators were among 40 finalists from all over Texas.

HEB Kimberly Reznicek NISDH-E-B’s Excellence in Education is the largest monetary awards program for educators in Texas, and among the largest in the nation. The honor was kept a surprise from the educators, who learned they were finalists when H-E-B representatives visited their classrooms and schools in March with balloons, cake, and flowers.

Six teachers were presented with a $1,000 check for themselves and a $1,000 check for their schools. The San Antonio teacher finalists are:

  • Kimberly Reznicek, Timberwilde Elementary, Northside ISD (Rising Star Elementary)
  • Kristen Guerra, Frank Tejeda Middle School, North East ISD (Rising Star Secondary)
  • Charlotte Dolat, Woodridge Elementary, Alamo Heights ISD (Leadership Elementary)
  • Steve Davidson, Douglas MacArthur High School, North East ISD (Leadership Secondary)
  • Debbie Dixon, Woodridge Elementary, Alamo Heights ISD (Lifetime Achievement Elementary)
  • Terry Zablocki, Warren High School, Northside ISD (Lifetime Achievement Secondary)

All finalists are invited to Austin on May 1-3, 2013 to compete on a statewide level for larger cash prizes totaling $585,000. A panel of judges will interview each teacher and principal finalist.

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 by spotlighting best practices and celebrating the passion and creativity of Texas educators.

Since its inception, H-E-B has given nearly $6 million, making it the state’s largest monetary award program dedicated to education. In addition to recognizing great teaching and leadership, H-E-B selects 12 campuses to receive a $15,000 Healthy Campus Grant for programs promoting health and wellness. An Early Childhood Award supports public or private schools that prepare children under 5 to enter kindergarten socially and academically ready to learn.

Every year, H-E-B asks customers, Partners (employees) and community members to submit the names of their favorite educators, administrators, districts, campuses and early childhood education providers for a slate of different awards and grants. Each nominee is sent an invitation to complete an application online.

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