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Fort Bend ISD wins 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award (5/10/2018)

FORT BEND ISD (May 10, 2018) – The results are in, and Fort Bend ISD has once again been named an H-E-B Excellence in Education award winner! FBISD was announced winner of the Large School District category during the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards ceremony on May 6, 2018. This is the second consecutive year that FBISD has been honored in the program. As the winner, FBISD receives a $100,000 grand prize.


“We are extremely honored to be recognized by H-E-B again this year with one of the top Excellence in Education awards,” said Dr. Charles Dupre, FBISD Superintendent of Schools. “This award means a great deal to us because it represents a collaborative effort among our school board, employees, parents, community – and students themselves – to ensure that our students graduate and become the very best they can be.”


Last year, FBISD claimed three H-E-B Excellence in Education award winners. The FBISD Board of Trustees won the School Board award, Julie Diaz of Travis High School won the School Principal Secondary award, and Crockett Middle School teacher Richard Embrick won the Rising Star Secondary award. Combined, they received $70,000 in cash prizes to benefit FBISD students.


This year, FBISD was one of five finalists in the Large District division of the awards program, recognized for its commitment to student achievement through innovative programs, parent/community involvement, and professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators.


Also recognized in this year’s awards program were: Melissa King-Knowles of Sartartia Middle School, Semi-Finalist for the Secondary Principal Award; and Miranda Embrick of Crockett Middle School, Semi-Finalist for the Secondary Leadership Award.


During a site visit in March, the H-E-B Excellence in Education awards panel of judges had the opportunity to learn firsthand how the FBISD community is committed to helping all students succeed. From teachers to bus drivers, accountants to system analysis, parents to business leaders, all are committed to ensuring that students acquire the attributes of FBISD’s Profile of a Graduate. Upon graduating, FBISD wants each student to possess seven attributes outlined in the District’s Profile of a Graduate – including equipped with skills for life, a servant leader, an effective communicator, a critical thinker, compassionate citizen, collaborative team member and a life-long learner.


Fort Bend ISD has celebrated many successes over the past few years due to implementation of innovative programs and guiding posts such as the District’s Profile of a Graduate.


  • Fort Bend ISD has increased enrollment in dual credit courses by 250 percent, and through a partnership with Houston Community College, students can enroll tuition-free.
  • FBISD’s Department of Career and Technical Education provides challenging career pathways (in various areas including Advanced Construction, Transportation, Health Science and Culinary Arts) for all students utilizing real world practices and evolving skill sets, attitudes, and behaviors.
  • The District implemented an Early Literacy Intervention Program at every elementary so that more students can benefit from literacy intervention services.
  • FBISD provides extracurricular opportunities at the high school level for students to pursue their interests by providing specialized academies with concentrated and robust course pathways comprised of career and academic classes in: Digital Media, Engineering, Global Studies, International Business and Marketing, Math and Science, and Medical fields.


“We are proud of the work we have done, and even more excited of what the future will bring for our students, staff and community,” said Dr. Dupre.


H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support education in Texas. Learn more about the awards program by visiting


Pictured at the 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards ceremony (front row, l-r) are Diana Sayavedra; Chief Academic Officer; Veronica Sopher, Chief Communications Officer; Oscar Perez, Chief Operations Officer; Dr. Joe Rodriguez, Chief of Schools; and (back row) Dr. Charles Dupre, FBISD Superintendent of Schools; and Mrs. Seeju Dupre, wife to Superintendent Dupre; Long Pham, Chief Information Officer; Steven Bassett, Chief Financial Officer; Beth Martinez, Chief of Staff and Strategic Planning; Kermit Spears, Chief Human Resource Officer; Kristin Tassin, FBISD Board President; and Jim Rice, FBISD Board Member.