Carol Ann Anderson, an elementary reading specialist at Aue ES, is a finalist for the prestigious H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, recognizing her as one of the best educators in Texas.
The announcement was made as a surprise to Anderson on Wednesday by Principal Maricia Gregory, Superintendent Brian Woods, and H-E-Buddy and friends. Anderson was meeting with students in the school library as part of a morning peer tutoring program she established, Gator Buddy Tutoring.
Anderson has been teaching since 1998 and has been the reading specialist at Aue ES since the school opened in 2007.
“Mrs. Anderson is innovative and creative,” says Principal Gregory. “She is constantly coming up with new ideas and materials to meet the individual needs of each student. Her problem-solving skills are excellent and she never backs down from a challenge.”
As a finalist in the “Leadership Award” category which honors teachers with 10 to 20 years of experience, Anderson was presented with a $1,000 check for herself and $1,000 for her campus.
Anderson is among 40 finalists in the state. Nominations were submitted earlier this year by H-E-B customers, employees, and community members and a team of judges narrowed the field to the finalists. She will now travel to Austin in May to be interviewed by a panel of judges before the grand prize winners are announced. If she is named the grand prize winner, she receives an additional $10,000 check for herself and a $10,000 grant for her school.
The HEB awards program was launched in 2002 in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators to honor outstanding educators. Northside ISD was named best district in the state in 2005, the first year awards were bestowed on districts.
For the second year in a row the Northside Board of Trustees is a finalist for the HEB School Board award.
For an album of pictures from Anderson’s surprise, visit the Northside Facebook page.