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deSantiago is one of HEB's finalists for Excellence

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Posted on 02/05/2015
WelcomeH-E-B recently announced the finalists for the grocery chain’s 2015Excellence in Education Awards. Aldine ISD is among the finalists in one of four categories announced.

H-E-B will announce the winners for every category during the award ceremony on May 2 at the J.W. Marriott in Austin. Cash prizes, depending on the category, will range from $2,500 to $100,000. The Awards program recognizes teachers, principals, school boards,early childhood education centers, and school districts.

The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards is the largest monetary award program for educators in the state.

Aldine ISD made the list for top early childhood education facilities. Each finalists in the early childhood education facilities category will receive $5,000 just for making the first cut. They then will go on to compete at a statewide level for even more recognition and cash. The winner of the early childhood education category will receive $25,000. H-E-B expects to hand out more than $400,000 this year at the statewide ceremony.

Superintendent Dr. Wanda Bamberg is proud of the early childhood program.

“I and the Board of Trustees are very pleased that H-E-B has recognized our PK program as a finalist for the Excellence in Education Award,” Bamberg said. “Aldine ISD has long been committed to our youngest students. That commitment comes straight from the top. Our Board made the decision to provide funding for a full-day of instruction for Aldine students.

“The district’s early childhood education schools provide research-based literacy and numeracy activities. Many of our students enter kindergarten reading. And all our students enter kindergarten with many skills necessary for success in school. I appreciate the hard work and dedication of our PK principals, teachers, and staff. They deserve this recognition and this award!“

Finalists for Early Childhood Education Facilities – Winner Prize: $25,000

Central Texas 4C, Inc. — Temple, Texas
Trinity Child Development Center — Austin, Texas
Aldine ISD — Houston, Texas
Odem-Edroy ISD Early Childhood Center — Odem, Texas
Brighton Center — San Antonio, Texas

A panel of judges that visits the finalists’ jurisdiction or facility determines winners. The panelists will meet with administrators, faculty, parents, and community members. They’re looking to highlight best practices in the state.

Forty teachers and principal finalists will be announced in late February and March during a series of surprise visits to schools and classrooms across the state.

In the 2014 Awards program, the Aldine Board of Education was among the finalists in the School Boards Category. Visit the H-E-B website to view past winners and finalists of the Excellence in Education Awards.