San Antonio Teachers Among Finalists for H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards

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Georgette Carrasco (left) is surprised with a $1,000 check in her class room at Kay Franklin Elementary in Northside ISD. Carrasco is a finalist for the 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards.

Photo by Laura Skelding / Courtesy H-E-B

Georgette Carrasco (left) is surprised with a $1,000 check from H-E-B in her classroom at Kay Franklin Elementary.

Two San Antonio area teachers were named among the finalists for the 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards in the Leadership category.

Special education teacher Georgette Carrasco from Franklin Elementary School (Northside ISD) and theater teacher Michael Richard from Stacey Junior-Senior High School (Lackland ISD) were surprised in their classrooms by the H-E-B entourage on Monday.

The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards are the largest cash prizes awarded to Texas teachers. Now in its 16th year, the program has awarded $8.5 million to Texas educators. Along with the monetary awards, teachers and principals are surprised in their schools surrounded by excited students and colleagues.

The Leadership category honors teachers with 10-20 years in the classroom. Finalists each received a check for $1,000 for their schools, and another $1,000 for themselves. Statewide winners in the category will each receive a $10,000 check for themselves and a $10,000 grant for their schools.

Michael Richard from Virginia Allred Stacey Junior-Senior High School accepts a $1,000 check, his prize for being a finalist in the 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards.

Photo by Laura Skelding / Courtesy H-E-B

Michael Richard from Virginia Allred Stacey Junior-Senior High School accepts a $1,000 check, his prize for being a finalist in the 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards.

Other categories include Rising Stars, Lifetime Achievement, Principal, Early Childhood, and School Board.

H-E-B has announced that five more San Antonio-area finalists will be announced this week. Carrasco and Richard are invited, along with all finalists, to compete on a statewide level in Austin on May 6-7 for larger cash prizes totaling $430,000.

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