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.

One thought on “San Antonio Teachers Among Finalists for H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards

  1. HEB thank you so much for believing in our teachers! Thank you for giving back to our community and to a profession that is one of the hardest jobs !
    Thank you thank you!

    Your 2017 teacher finalists Tiffany Chiles will be a mistake, she has had one kid pulled from her class (by a concerned parent(not me) Additionally she has been vocal with giving up on children with disabilities.

    I am not a parent at the school or a teacher at that school. I understand you may think this is a jealous retaliation, I would too, but if you take a few minutes and make some call to her kids parents or her coworkers you could make your own decision.

    Since her post on FB fellow teacher across the district have been discourage with the validity of your award.

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