KATY (Covering Katy News) – It was the surprise of a lifetime for two Katy Independent School District educators who never imagined their busy school schedule would somehow include a twist of excitement. Katy Elementary Music Teacher Leslyn Jacks and Memorial Parkway Principal Doreen Martinez were shocked to see H-E-B representatives and camera crews arrive at their school with a large $1,000 check, balloons, cookies, flowers and the stunning news that they would be traveling to Austin, TX on May 4-5 to compete at a statewide level for larger cash prizes totaling $430,000.
Besides receiving $1,000 checks, Mrs. Jacks’ school will also receive a $1,000 check and Principal Martinez’ school will receive a $2,500 check.
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“It’s always great to celebrate the passion, dedication and creativity of our Katy ISD educators,” said Assistant Superintendent , or School Leadership and Support Dr. Dawn Carlson-Scruggs. “I’m proud to say that some of the best educators in Texas are part of the Katy ISD family,” added Carlson-Scruggs.
H-E-B’s Excellence in Education is the largest monetary awards program for educators in Texas, and among the largest in the nation. The Excellence in Educations Awards was launched by H-E-B in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas.