This article appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of The Classroom Teacher.
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H-E-B surprised finalists for the 2022 Excellence in Education Awards during campus visits in March. The program honors outstanding public-school professionals and thanks them for their dedication and commitment.
Winners at each level receive cash prizes for their classrooms and grants for their schools. TCTA members advancing to the statewide competition include:
Finalists will be interviewed in Austin in April and winners will be announced in May as H-E-B celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Excellence in Education Awards program.
Learn more at facebook.com/HEBExcellenceinEducationAwards.
Wichita Falls ISD recently announced its 2022 Teachers of the Year. Winners were selected by their peers. TCTA members who were honored included:
East Central ISD honored its campus Teachers of the Year at a March 17 board meeting. TCTA members honored include:
Gawlik was also nominated for H-E-B’s Excellence in Education Awards.
Whataburger threw a party for TCTA member Cody Redfern, a seventh-grade science teacher and volleyball coach at Canyon Ridge Middle School in Leander ISD, after two students contacted the burger chain to share how much they appreciate their teacher.
Redfern told KXAN he was floored when Whataburger’s marketing coordinator got in touch with him, and said it reinforced why he teaches the way he does.
“The outcomes are so rewarding,” he said. “Knowing that kids come every day and look forward to being in my classroom, look forward to seeing other teachers. As a middle school teacher, that kids are looking forward to seeing you, it’s something you can’t describe.”
During a March 29 celebration, Whataburger also surprised Redfern with free food for a year, a gift basket and swag.
“I know this year has been a really tough year,” he said. “I know it can be hard with having families and having other obligations, but the impact that teachers can make truly shows, and whether or not teachers know it, it may not be an impact like this, but [students] truly go home and appreciate every single teacher.”