District Honored by H-E-B Excellence in Education Award
H-E-B announced that Denton ISD has been selected as a Semi-finalists for the retailer’s 18th annual Excellence in Education Awards program. For the sixth year in a row, H-E-B recognized 25 public school districts to highlight the importance of strong local schools and school leadership. As a Semi-finalist, the district received a $1,000 award.
“Denton ISD is helping to shape the future of Texas and we want to thank you for your passion and dedication to students,” said Jill Reynolds, H-E-B Public affairs manager. “You are an inspiration to us all.”
Since the program’s inception, H-E-B has awarded more than $10 million in funding to benefit outstanding Texas public schools. This year, H-E-B will award a total of $82,500 to the finalists and school boards, who will go on to compete for even greater cash prizes at the statewide level.
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. It has become the largest monetary program for educators in the state, spotlighting best practices and celebrating the passion and creativity of Texas educators.
H-E-B asks customers, Partners (employees) and community members to nominate teachers, principals, districts, early childhood facilities and school boards in Texas. Each nominee is sent an invitation to complete an application online and is asked about their professional experiences, educational philosophies and achievements both in and out of the classroom.
A team of judges reviews the applications, narrowing the field to semi-finalists. From that pool, five regional judging panels comprised of former winners, administrators, and university and community leaders not affiliated with H-E-B select 40 teacher and principal finalists. Finalists and their schools receive a cash prize of $1,000 to $2,500, depending on category.