JASPER, TX (KTRE) - A teacher at Jasper ISD's Jean C Few Primary School has been named one of finalists for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lori Burton was among the regional finalists in 12 categories that will be advancing to the statewide competition for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, which is the largest monetary awards program for educators in Texas.
For winning at the regional level, Burton received $1,000.
"To determine winners, a panel of judges visits each district, early childhood facility and school board, tours campuses and talks with administration, staff, parents and community members," a press release stated. "A separate panel of judges chooses teacher and principal winners based upon interviews held in person on May 12."
Burton was the only Deep East Texas teacher among the 40 educators named as finalists in eight different categories. She was named a finalist in the category for lifetime achievement at the elementary level.
Each year, the H-E-B Excellence in Education program gives away almost $800,000 in cash, grants, and gift cards.
H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards program in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas," the press release stated. "It has become the largest monetary program for educators in the state, spotlighting best practices and celebrating the passion and creativity of Texas educators."
H-E-B asks its customers, employees, and community members to nominate teachers, principals, districts, early childhood facilities, and school boards in Texas. At that point, the nominees are asked to complete on line applications in which they are asked about their professional experiences, educational philosophies, and achievements both in and out of the classroom.
To see the list of the other H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards nominees, click this link.