2018 Excellence in Education winners

HOUSTON, TX (May 6, 2018) — On Sunday, May 6, H‑E‑B announced statewide winners of the 17th annual H‑E‑B Excellence in Education Awards during an awards ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Houston. During the ceremony, H‑E‑B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt personally 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 $9.5 million in cash and grants since 2002.

Sal Khan delivered the keynote address to a ballroom packed with hundreds of educators, elected officials, community leaders and H‑E‑B employees. Khan founded the Khan Academy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to provide a free, world‑class education to anyone, anywhere.

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

The 2018 H‑E‑B Excellence in Education Award Winners Are:

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.

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.

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.

Principal

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

School

The winning early childhood facility and the winning public school board each received a $25,000 cash prize.

School District

The winning small school district received a $50,000 cash prize and the winning large school district received a $100,000 cash prize.

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