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NEISD Principal, TEachers surprised by H-E-B

NEISD's tradition of excellence is being noticed by H-E-B. For the 2014 Excellence in Education awards, H-E-B named an NEISD principal and two teachers as finalist for the prestigious award. The NEISD Board of Trustees is also a finalist for the school board title.

Bradley Middle School Principal Justin Oxley was surprised at a huge student assembly in the gym Tuesday, February 26. Students cheered as H-E-B employees handed him a giant check for $1,000. The school was also given $2,500.

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Reagan High School teacher Kirby Whitehead was also ambushed by the prize team from H-E-B. He earned a $1,000 check for himself and $1,000 for his school for being a finalist in the teacher category.

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On Monday, February 25, H-E-B employees surprised Royal Ridge Elementary School teaacher Nicki Hibbits in her classroom with a check, balloons and a huge cake.


The North East ISD Board of Trustees has been chosen as one of the 2014 H-E-B Excellence in Education School Board finalists.

H-E-B Board finalists

NEISD Superintendent of Schools Brian G. Gottardy and Board of Trustee Members (L to R, standing) Jim Wheat, Brigitte Perkins, Letti Bresnahan (vice president), Susan Galindo (president) and Sandy Hughey (secretary), Shannon Grona, and Edd White make up the 'Team of Eight' for NEISD Leadership.

H-E-B will announce the top winners at a banquet in Houston May 2-3. The winning principal receives $10,000 and a $25,000 grant for their school. The winning teacher will also receive more cash and a check for his school.

The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards was created in 2002 as a way to recognize the amazing educators in Texas public schools. For more information about the awards, click here.

H-E-B awards

(l to r) Superintendent of Schools Brian Gottardy, H-E-B's Lacey Kotzur, Bradley Principal Justin Oxley

H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards

(l to r) Principal Brenda Shelton, teacher Kirby Whitehead, and H-E-B's Lacey Kotzur

H-E-B awards

H-E-B's Lacey Kotzur presents teacher Nicole Hibbits with a check for $1,000.

Posted on February 26, 2014