Bradley teacher earns Lifetime Achievement Award


Michael Bailey gives his acceptance speech at the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards ceremony.

North East ISD is home to a winner of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. On Sunday, May 7, H-E-B announced statewide winners of the 16th annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards during an awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Austin. During the ceremony, H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt personally handed out $430,000 in cash awards and grants, and congratulated eight educators, two school districts, one early childhood agency and a public school board for being among the best in Texas. Michael Bailey, history teacher at Bradley Middle School, won the Lifetime Achievement for the Secondary category—receiving $25,000 in cash for himself and a $25,000 grant for his school.

Bailey, who was recently announced as an Outstanding 7th Grade Texas History Teacher award winner by The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), has made it his mission to bring history to life for Bradley students. With more than 20 years of teaching experience, Bailey is known for his curriculum vitae, Texas History teaching methods and philosophy, and—above all—the truly unique Mill Springs Cabin.

Located on school grounds, restoration and use of the cabin was the concept of Bailey’s, which opened in 1999. The 186-year-old Kentucky log cabin was re-constructed onsite by teachers of Texas history and local volunteers. In addition, as part of his Outstanding Texas History Teacher award, the DRT donated a Texas flag recently flown over the Alamo for a period, so it may find its way to fly above the Mill Springs Cabin.

The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program has given away more than $8.5 million in cash and grants since 2002. H-E-B launched the program in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas. It has become the largest monetary program for educators in the state, spotlighting best practices and celebrating the passion and creativity of Texas educators.

Posted on 05/08/2017