KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
February 18, 2020
By Jennifer Miko
This afternoon, Kathryn Mills, a first-grade teacher at Mayde Creek Elementary, was named a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award. She received a special visit from representatives from H-E-B who presented her with two $1,000 checks - one for herself and the other for the school.
"I am so excited! You do something you’re passionate about and you hope you are going to be recognized and you know your kids love you, but this is something huge,” said Kathryn Mills.
“I have known Mrs. Mills professionally for a long time, and when I moved to MCE (Mayde Creek Elementary), I even begged her to come with me. She is an excellent educator and has a passion for her students and this profession,” said MCE Principal Felicia Sheedy. “It is an honor to work with her each day, and the entire MCE Gator family is extremely happy and proud of her recognition."
H-E-B to Award More Than $80K This Year
Thousands of Houston educators applied for the award, one of the largest monetary programs for educators in Texas and the nation. Mills and the other finalists are invited to San Antonio May 2-3 to compete against other educators for the chance to win greater cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.
Since 2002, H‑E‑B has awarded more than $11.5 million in funding to benefit outstanding Texas public schools. This year, H‑E‑B will award a total of $82,500 to the finalists and school boards, who will go on to compete for even greater cash prizes at the statewide level.
To determine overall statewide winners, a panel of judges visits each district, tours campuses and talks with administration, staff, parents and community members. This February and March, 40 teacher and principal finalists will be announced during a series of surprise visits to schools and classrooms across Texas.
Last year, Katy ISD had two educators who were finalists. Katy Elementary Music Teacher Leslyn Jacks and Memorial Parkway Principal Doreen Martinez.