Fort Bend ISD was well represented Sunday night in Austin when the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards were presented.
The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees won the $25,000 award for school boards. The Rising Star award for secondary schools went to Richard Embrick of David Crockett Middle School. The award for secondary school principal was given to Julie Diaz of Travis High School.
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. Winning principals received $10,000 in cash for themselves and a $25,000 grant for each of their schools.
All told, FBISD took home $70,000 of the $430,000 handed out at the ceremony.
The awards ceremony was held at the Hilton Hotel in Austin. During the ceremony, H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt personally handed out the 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 $8.5 million in cash and grants since 2002.
Robert Gates delivered the keynote address to a ballroom packed with hundreds of educators, elected officials, community leaders and H-E-B employees. Gates formerly served as the United States Secretary of Defense, CIA Director and President of Texas A&M University.
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 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award Winners are:
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.
Rising Star Elementary: Ricky Davis, Schertz Elementary, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD
Rising Star Secondary: Richard Embrick, David Crockett Middle School, Fort Bend ISD
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.
Leadership Elementary: Raul Muñoz, George Evans Elementary, Corpus Christi ISD
Leadership Secondary: Jamie Flint, Spring Woods High School, Spring Branch ISD
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.
Lifetime Achievement Elementary: Rhonda Peca, Bryan Elementary, Mission CISD
Lifetime Achievement Secondary: Michael Bailey, Omar Bradley Middle School, North East ISD
Winning principals received $10,000 in cash for themselves and a $25,000 grant for each of their schools.
Principal Elementary: Dr. Myrtha Villarreal, Colonel Santos Benavides Elementary, United ISD
Principal Secondary: Julie Diaz, Travis High School, Fort Bend ISD
The winning early childhood facility received a $25,000 cash prize.
Pre-K 4 SA, San Antonio
The winning public school board received a $25,000 cash prize.
Fort Bend ISD, Sugar Land
Small School District
The winning small school district received a $50,000 cash prize.
Alamo Heights ISD, San Antonio
Large School District
The winning large school district received a $100,000 cash prize.
Grand Prairie ISD, Grand Prairie.