2016 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award Winners
Large School District
Leander ISD — Dr. Bret A. Champion, Superintendent ($100,000 cash prize)
Small School District
Valley View ISD — Rolando Ramirez, Superintendent ($50,000 cash prize)
Early Childhood Education Facility
Sunshine Cottage — San Antonio — Belinda Pustka, Executive Director ($25,000 cash prize)
Public School Board
Somerset ISD — Omar Pachecano, Board President ($25,000 cash prize)
The winners received $10,000 in cash for themselves and a $25,000 grant for each of their schools.
Sandy Conklin, Samuel Beck Elementary, Northwest ISD
Delia McLerran, Young Women’s Leadership Academy, San Antonio 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 schools.
Laurie Holmes, Popham Elementary, Del Valle ISDSecondaryMark Misage, Westlake High School, Eanes 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 schools.
Tammy Verstrate, LaVace Stewart Elementary, Clear Creek ISDSecondaryMartha Saucedo, Brady High School, Brady ISD (Saucedo is also the 2016 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year!)
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 schools.
Hilda Nanez, Green Valley Elementary, Galena Park ISDSecondary
Alexandra Edwards, Killeen High School, Killeen ISD