When your school song is sung to the tune of “Stars and Stripes Forever,” Constitution Day is a perfect day to celebrate pride in your country and pride in your school.
For Aue Elementary School 5th grade teacher Ursula Silberschlag, the school-wide assembly was also the perfect gathering to celebrate receiving the ExCEL award. All of her colleagues and students were on hand and decked out in festive red, white, and blue.
The ExCEL award is given to outstanding teachers in San Antonio by KENS5-TV and the San Antonio Federal Credit Union. KENS Anchor Deborah Knapp and representatives from SACU joined the Aue assembly to present Silberschlag with a golden apple and a $1,000 check.
“This award represents a united effort here at Aue,” Silberschlag said. “This honors all of us. I could not do my job alone. I rely on my team, my fellow teachers, and my administrators.”
Silberschlag also paid tribute to her family. She and her husband have eight children between them, and four were on hand for the surprise award.
Silberschlag was Aue’s 2013 Educator of the Year and has been teaching for 17 years. She is 5th grade Team Leader at Aue and mentors teachers new to the profession. Teaching was not the profession she planned to enter herself. At an early age, she set her sights on becoming a pediatrician, but instead found a love for teaching children.
Visit the KENS-5 ExCel Awards website to learn more about this award-winning educator.