Several Texas educators and schools were honored during the recent H-E-B Excellence In Education Awards with $430,000 in cash prizes and grants being awarded to recipients.
During a ceremony held in Austin, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, CIA Director and past president of Texas A&M University Robert Gates addressed attendees to help honor eight educators, two school districts, an early childhood agency and a public school for their strides in education.
Those receiving the Rising Star Excellence In Education Award included Ricky Davis from Schertz Elementary and Richard Embrick from Crockett Middle School. Davis and Embrick received a $5,000 check and a $5,000 grant for their schools.
Leadership category awards went to Rual Munoz, from George Evans Elementary, and Jamie Flint from Spring Woods High School. Both received a $25,000 cash prize and a $25,000 grant for their schools.
Receiving awards in the lifetime achievement category were Rhonda Pena from Bryan Elementary and Michael Bailey from Omar Bradley Middle School.
School principals honored were Dr. Myrtha Villarreal from Colonel Santos Benavides Elementary and Michael Bailey from Omar Bradley Middle School. The principals received $10,000 each as well as $25,000 grants for their schools.
Winning a $25,000 cash prize in the early childhood category was Pre-K 4 in San Antonio and the winning school board, Fort Bend Independent School District, won a $25,000 cash prize.
Alamo Heights Independent School District won in the small school district category and was awarded a $50,000 cash prize and Grand Prairie Independent School District was honored for large school district with a $100,000 cash prize.