Principal Michael Cardona and STEM teacher Penny McCool were surprised Wednesday, March 23 at their campuses by a team of H-E-B employees, H-E-Buddy, local media and district central office staff. They each learned that they were selected as finalists in the 2011 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards.
An entourage of H-E-B employees carried gifts of balloons, flowers, cake and giant checks to visit the schools of each finalist to surprise them with the news before an audience of their students.
McCool was named in the Rising Star Secondary category, while Richard was named in the Rising Star Elementary category. Both received $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for their schools. Cardona was named a finalist in the Secondary Principal category. He won $1,000 for himself and $2,500 for his school. They were three of eight San Antonio area educators selected by H-E-B to advance to the state competition and compete for greater recognition and cash prizes. A celebration weekend will be held in their honor May 13-15, 2011 in Austin.
The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards is celebrating its 10th anniversary of recognizing and rewarding outstanding Texas educators. The awards are now the largest monetary rewards program for educators in Texas, and one of the largest in the nation.