Georgette Carrasco, a fifth grade Special Education Collaborative teacher at Franklin ES, is a finalist for the prestigious H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, recognizing her as one of the best educators in Texas.
Having been told that NISD-TV was coming to do a story on teaching innovations at the campus, Carrasco was surprised when Superintendent Brian Woods, Principal Brenda Gallardo, and H-E-Buddy and a host of friends walked into her classroom to make the announcement.
"Mrs. Carrasco is a teacher who not only cares for each of her students, but strives to teach them that they can be successful no matter what obstacles they need to overcome," says Principal Brenda Gallardo. "She is constantly coming up with new ideas and engaging materials to meet the individual needs of her students."
As a finalist in the “Leadership Award” category, which honors teachers with 10 to 20 years of experience, Carrasco was presented with a $1,000 check for herself and $1,000 for her campus.
Carrasco 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 winner, she receives an additional $10,000 check for herself and a $10,000 grant for her school.
The H-E-B 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.
Pictured is Carrasco (center) with (from l-r) H-E-B Public Affairs Officer Julie Bedingfield, Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods, Principal Brenda Gallardo, and School Namesake Kay Franklin.
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