Huntington kindergarten teacher Angela Duncan was at a loss for words this morning when her class was interrupted by the HEB prize patrol.
Duncan, who has been in the district for over two decades, was presented a $1,000 check from HEB. Duncan was selected as a finalist in their Excellence in Education Awards. Huntington Elementary School will also receive $1,000. Duncan was nominated by her principal, Geoff Gregory.
'I'm in total shock," Duncan said. "I am going to start crying. This has been my life for 25 years and 22 in the district."
Gregory said there was no hesitation in nominating Duncan.
"Mrs. Duncan is a child advocate," Gordon said. "She puts the child above all else. She always goes above and beyond for each child no matter where he or she comes from. She understands that sometimes this is the happiest place for the children."
Gregory also said Duncan has been able to keep up with changes in technology and willing to accept it into her classroom.
"She takes what we are required to teach and goes beyond," Gregory said. "I don't have to push her."
Duncan is already thinking of how the money can improve the class room.
"In my mind I have that money spent," Duncan said. "I recently got back from a conference in Austin, and there was so much I learned about that i could use here."
Duncan will be invited to compete against other educators for the chance to win greater cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Overall statewide winners will be announced in May. Over the next two months, H-E-B is surprising a total of 40 finalists across the state and awarding $95,000 to principals and teachers.