Jodi Ramos, an English Language Arts teacher at Stevenson MS, is a finalist for the prestigious H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, recognizing her as one of the best educators in Texas.
The surprise announcement was made Tuesday morning by Superintendent Brian Woods, Principal Julie Schweers, H-E-Buddy, and HEB representatives. As a finalist in the “Lifetime Achievement – Secondary” category, which honors teachers with more than 20 years of experience, Ramos was presented with a $1,000 check for herself and $1,000 for her campus.
“Gosh, this is a lifetime of really trying to do my best for kids, right?” Ramos asked. “They’re the best and I think it’s taken me 30 years to realize it’s not about me, it’s about them and I just love it. I’m really honored.”
She 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 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 state winner, she receives an additional $25,000 check for herself and a $25,000 grant for her school.
Though Ramos has been teaching in Northside ISD for more than 30 years, she only came to Stevenson Middle School a year and a half ago as an English teacher and department coordinator. She previously taught at Elrod, Steubing, Wanke, Westwood Terrace, and Valley Hi elementary schools. In addition to her work with students, Ramos is a teacher of teachers, and has worked across the state as an Abydos writing trainer.
“She is amazing,” said Schweers. “I have been begging her to come to middle school for a long, long time. I want the best teachers in the classroom and I knew she was the very best.”
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 Ramos with (from l-r) Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods, Principal Julie Schweers, and Julie Bedingfield, HEB Public Affairs Manager.