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neisd recognized at h-e-b awards reception

Four NEISD educators were recognized as state finalists during the H-E-B Excellence in Education awards ceremony on May 3 in Austin. An NEISD elementary school was also honored and selected to receive a $15,000 healthy campus grant.

The ceremony brought nominees together from across the state, as H-E-B made its announcement of its top winners in this education awards program for 2013.

Lopez Middle School principal Barry Lanford was a state finalist in the Secondary Principals category, while Redland Oaks Elementary School Principal Dr. Mary Longloy was a state finalist in the Elementary Principals category.

Additionally, two NEISD teachers were honored. Tejeda Middle School's Kristen Guerra was a state finalist in the Secondary Rising Star category, while MacArthur High School's Steve Davidson was a state finalist in the Secondary Leadership category.

Each of these educators advanced as finalists in these categories out of a pool of talented and recognized educators all over Texas.

"These individuals are so deserving of this recognition," said Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, NEISD superintendent of schools. "They are shining stars at their campuses and represent the district's tradition of excellence in all they do."

In addition to the educator awards, Tuscany Heights Elementary School was honored one of 12 recipients of a Healthy Campus Grant. Two years ago, H-E-B added a new category to recognize campuses interested in improving the health and wellness of their school community. As one of the winners, Tuscany Heights will receive a three-year, $15,000 grant, to be used to enhance existing health and fitness programs or start new ones.



Tejeda Middle School teacher Kristen Guerra is joined by Associate Superintendents Donna Newman, Janna Hawkins and Dan Villareal, as well as NEISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian G. Gottardy.


Lopez Middle School Principal Dr. Barry Lanford chats with Redland Oaks Principal Dr. Mary Longloy as they are joined by family and friends at the H-E-B awards reception.


MacArthur High School teacher Steve Davidson receives a gift from H-E-B as a state finalist in the leadership teacher category.

Posted on May 6, 2013