Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees, Principal and Teacher receive 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards (5/8/2017)
ISD (May 8, 2017) – Fort Bend ISD’s three finalists are winners in the 16th
annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards! This is the first year in the
program’s history that FBISD has received three of the top awards. This year’s award
recipients are: FBISD Board of Trustees; School Board award; Julie
Diaz of Travis High School, School Principal Secondary award; and Richard
Embrick, Crockett Middle School teacher, Rising Star Secondary award. Each
of the honorees were announced May 7 at an awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel
in Austin. Combined, the FBISD winners received $70,000 in cash prizes.
could not be more proud of our educators who were recognized. Much like our District
Teacher of the Year program, I know Julie and Richard are representatives of
ALL the high quality educators in FBISD,” said Dr. Charles Dupre,
Superintendent of Schools. “While we have long known that Fort Bend ISD has the
best professionals in the state, it is wonderful to see members of our team
honored at the state level.”
recognition of our Board of Trustees
is also significant because our work to inspire and equip all students to
pursue futures beyond what they can imagine would not be possible without their
vision and governance,” added Dr. Dupre. “Our Board provides support to our
teachers and students while holding me – and our District – accountable for the
success of our youth.”
winning public school board, recognized for its outstanding leadership at the
Board level, the FBISD Board of Trustees (which includes Kristin Tassin,
President; Jason Burdine, Vice President; Addie Heyliger, Secretary; and
members KP George, Grayle James, Jim Rice and Dave Rosenthal) received a
$25,000 cash prize for the District.
As a winning
principal, Diaz received $10,000 in cash for herself and a $25,000 grant for
Travis High School.
“It was such
an honor and privilege to accept this leadership award in a room full of
amazing educators,” said Julie Diaz. “At Travis High School, we have a mantra –
We are ONE, We are FAMILY, We are TIGERS. When one wins we all win. It is truly
Travis High School who wins this award. It is an exceptional place and our
purpose is to develop leaders at all levels. I would not have won if it wasn’t
for all that we have accomplished together.”
of the Rising Star Secondary award, which recognizes teachers with less than 10
years of experience, Embrick received a $5,000 check for himself and a $5,000
grant for Crockett Middle School.
Robotics and Engineering II and PLTW gateway to Technology classes at Crockett
and is passionate about making sure that science, technology, engineering and
math education is available to all students – including female and minority
only have after-school clubs, you leave out a lot of untapped talent,” said
Embrick. “I keep pushing to bring STEM opportunities to all students.”
enjoy his classes so much that that they often spend their lunch break in his
classroom, working on projects or just having fun. “It makes me feel very proud
that my students feel safe in my classroom. They are invited to come and be
themselves,” said Embrick.
H-E-B announced that the FBISD Board of Trustees was one of five Texas Public
School Boards to be recognized as a finalist. In February, Diaz and Embrick
received news of their selection as finalists in the awards program. Each of
the FBISD winners were selected from a pool of 58 finalists from across the
state by judges representing former winners, school administrators, and
university and community leaders.
Photo 1: The FBISD H-E-B
Excellence in Education award winners: (front row, from left) Board members
Dave Rosenthal and Jim Rice; Julie Diaz, Travis High School Principal; Board
members Kristin Tassin (President) and Jason Burdine (Vice President); Richard
Embrick, Crockett Middle School teacher; Board member KP George; and (back row)
Board members Addie Heyliger (Secretary) and Grayle James; and Superintendent
of Schools Dr. Charles Dupre.
Photo 2: Shown during
announcement of the School Board award are (from left): Board Members Kristin
Tassin (President), Jim Rice, Addie Heyliger (Secretary), Jason Burdine (Vice
President), Dave Rosenthal, Grayle James, KP George; and Senior Public Affairs
Advisor Nancy Porter, Chief Communications Officer Veronica Sopher, and
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Dupre.
Photo 3: Julie Diaz, 2017
H-E-B Principal Secondary award winner
Photo 4: Richard Embrick,
2017 H-E-B Rising Star Secondary awards winner
View a slide
show of the FBISD H-E-B award winners.
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