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H.E.B. Semi-Finalist

April 10, 2019 - Community ISD was recently selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. Out of 1,500 applications from educators all over Texas, H-E-B Excellence in Education judges selected 150 teachers, 50 principals, 25 districts, 25 early childhood providers and 25 school boards as Semi-Finalists to go on and compete in the Regional judging process.

Each year, 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.

Three separate panels select eight school districts and five early childhood facilities as finalists, awarding $2,500 to $5,000 in cash prizes. Congratulations to the three small school district finalists: Canutillo ISD, Stephenville ISD, and Roma ISD.

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.