​Michael Bailey, a teacher at Omar Bradley Middle School in North East ISD and a TCTA member since 2000, was honored with H-E-B's Excellence in Education Award for Lifetime Achievement in Secondary Education on May 7.

Michael Bailey, a teacher at Omar Bradley Middle School in North East ISD and a TCTA member since 2000, was honored with H-E-B's Excellence in Education Award for Lifetime Achievement in Secondary Education on May 7. (Photo courtesy of H-E-B)

H-E-B honors educators, gives away $430,000 in cash and grants

On Sunday, May 7, H-E-B announced statewide winners of the 16th annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards during a ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Austin.

H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt 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 $8.5 million in cash and grants since 2002.

Robert Gates delivered the keynote address to a ballroom packed with hundreds of educators, elected officials, community leaders and H-E-B employees. Gates formerly served as the U.S. secretary of defense, CIA director and president of Texas A&M University.

The following winners were selected from a pool of 58 finalists by judges who include former winners, school administrators, and university and community leaders.

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: Ricky Davis, Schertz Elementary, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD
  • Rising Star Secondary: Richard Embrick, David Crockett Middle School, Fort Bend ISD

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: Raul Muñoz, George Evans Elementary, Corpus Christi ISD
  • Leadership Secondary: Jamie Flint, Spring Woods High School, Spring Branch 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: Rhonda Peña, Bryan Elementary, Mission CISD
  • Lifetime Achievement Secondary: Michael Bailey, Omar Bradley Middle School, North East ISD (a TCTA member since 2000).

School Principal

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

  • Principal Elementary: Dr. Myrtha Villarreal, Colonel Santos Benavides Elementary, United ISD
  • Principal Secondary: Julie Diaz, Travis High School, Fort Bend ISD 

Early Childhood 

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

  • Pre-K 4 SA, San Antonio

School Board

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

  • Fort Bend ISD, Sugar Land

Small School District

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

  • Alamo Heights ISD, San Antonio

Large School District

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

  • Grand Prairie ISD, Grand Prairie

For and more about H-E-B's Excellence in Education Awards, click here