GPISD Teacher Wins H-E-B Rising Star Award
Houston, Texas: On Friday, May 13, 2016, H-E-B sponsored its annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards in San Antonio, Texas. The program, designed to recognize top educators and school districts, has awarded more than $8 million since 2002.
Galena Park ISD's Hilda Nañez, a teacher at Green Valley Elementary, was named a rising star, earning $5,000 for herself and $5,000 for her school. Teachers with less than 10 years of experience are eligible for the award.
Nañez grew up in an immigrant family, speaking only Spanish. When she was switched to an English-only class in fourth grade, she went from straight A's to struggling, according to her award entry with H-E-B. She wanted to ensure that other children didn't have that same experience. "When I was sinking I thought, 'When I grow up, I want to be a bilingual teacher and help kids like me be able to swim,'" Nañez told H-E-B. Nañez is a bilingual intervention teacher who provides students extra help on math and reading in both English and Spanish. She has already completed a master's in leadership with principal certification and hopes to become a principal someday. "As a principal, you can advocate for every single child on your campus," Nañez said.
H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards program with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 to support public education in Texas. It's now the largest program for educators in Texas, spotlighting best practices and celebrating successful educators.
Pictured: Galena Park ISD's Hilda Nañez, a teacher at Green Valley Elementary, was named a rising star, earning $5,000 for herself and $5,000 for her school.
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