More than 25 percent of the finalists for the 2014 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards are TCTA members! In February and March 2014, eight TCTA members were surprised at their schools with $1,000 checks and the news that they may be chosen for these prestigious awards May 3 at an awards ceremony in Houston.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award salutes teachers with more than 20 years of experience. Winners will receive $25,000 in cash for themselves and a $25,000 grant for each of their schools.

Elementary-level TCTA member-finalists:
 

Connie Bagley, a dyslexia specialist at Crockett Elementary in San Marcos CISD, who has been teaching for 40 years. She was also one of three finalists for 2014 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year.
Nicole Hibbits, a fifth-grade teacher at Royal Ridge Elementary in North East ISD. She has been teaching for 21 years.
Pamela Berdou, a fifth-grade reading teacher at Velasquez Elementary in Lamar CISD. She has been teaching for 24 years.
Manuela Sanchez, a fourth-grade math teacher, Robotics Program coach, and yearbook coordinator at Escandon Elementary in Edinburg ISD.

 

Secondary-level TCTA member-finalists:

Rosbel Pena, a sixth-grade math teacher and football/track coach at Alton Memorial Junior High in Mission CISD. He was also the 2014 Region 1 Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Dixie Ross, a math teacher at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville ISD who has been teaching for 30 years. Ross was also a 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) recipient.

 

Leadership Award

The Leadership Award honors teachers with 10 to 20 years of experience. Winners will receive $10,000 in cash for themselves and a $10,000 grant for each of their schools.

Secondary-level TCTA member-finalist:

Kay Blaha, a sixth-grade science teacher at Rockport-Fulton Middle School.

 

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award recognizes teachers with less than 10 years of experience. Winners will receive $5,000 in cash for themselves and a $5,000 grant for each of their schools.

Elementary-level TCTA member-finalist:

Calli Griess, a teacher at Howard Early Childhood Center in Alamo Heights ISD.

About the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards

The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards celebrate public school professionals whose leadership and dedication inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. It has become the largest monetary program for educators in the state, spotlighting best practices and celebrating the passion and creativity of Texas educators.

Learn more about the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards.

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