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Midway ISD teacher wins Leadership Award during H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards

Posted at 5:52 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 18:52:35-04

A Midway ISD teacher has won a Teaching Leadership Award from the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards!

Morgan Castillo is a Woodgate Intermediate School teacher for Midway ISD.

She was announced as a winner for the Teaching Leadership Award during H-E-B's Excellence in Education Awards today.

The Leadership Award honors teachers with 10 to 20 years in the classroom.

Castillo will receive a $10,000 check for her and a $10,000 grant for their schools.

H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards program in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas.

It has become the largest monetary program for educators in the state, spotlighting best practices and celebrating the passion and creativity of Texas educators.

A team of judges reviews the applications, narrowing the field to semi-finalists. From that pool, five regional judging panels comprised of former winners, administrators, and university and community leaders not affiliated with H-E-B select 40 teacher and principal finalists. Finalists and their schools receive a cash prize of $1,000 to $2,500, depending on category.

Three separate panels select eight school districts and five early childhood facilities as finalists, awarding $2,500 to $5,000 in cash prizes. Up to five school boards may also be recognized, and awarded $5,000 towards the district they serve. Additionally, one or more school boards may receive a special judge’s award totaling up to $25,000.