H-E-B announced its statewide winners for the 20th Annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards on April 30.
Harlingen High School South chemistry teacher Roxanna Moore received the Leadership Secondary award.
“They announced the school first, and I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped,” Moore said. “To confirm, I turned around to see the stage with my picture, name, and school blasted on their screen. I had a Molotov of emotions stirring inside of me and was overwhelmed with surprise, joy, nervousness, all the feels. It was wonderful!”
Moore and four other teachers were selected as finalists for the leadership award in March.
The five finalists were invited to attend a celebratory dinner at the Fairmont Hotel in Austin, where Moore was announced the winner.
“Thank you, H-E-B Excellence in Education, for a one-of-a-kind experience and the honor of the award,” Moore said. “It was the culmination of years of dedication to public education, and I appreciate H-E-B for recognizing those efforts in public education.”
The Leadership Category honors teachers with 10 to 20 years in the classroom. Winners in this category received a $10,000 check for themselves and a $10,000 grant for their school.
“We will be putting the award money towards our science student activity funds,” Moore said. “We will add funds to our Science Day account. We will also put the money towards unique learning experiences by way of field trips or something like mobile lab units for our science students. In addition, we will be supporting our Ecology Club by purchasing a bench to add to their butterfly garden.”
H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards granted a total of $430,000 to eight educators, two school districts, one early childhood school and a public school board.
“I encourage my always amazing colleagues and other teachers to apply,” Moore said. “There are many dedicated teachers here in the RGV that should apply. I was hesitant to apply, but you’ll never know if you don’t take the chance.”
H-E-B Excellence in Education Award candidates are nominated by community members and H-E-B employees. Nominations for the H-E-B Excellence in Education 2023 Awards are open.
Visit the H-E-B- Excellence in Education Awards page to learn more.
“I have been teaching for 18 years,” Moore said. “All of which have been at Harlingen High School South. I teach because I feel the need to give back to the American public education system. My parents came to this country from Mexico with hopes for a better future for themselves and their children. They always told me that education was of utmost importance and supported me through my school years, and my teachers provided academic environments that helped me thrive. So, teaching is my way of giving back to my community.”