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Two area educators named finalists for H-E-B awards

Posted at 12:26 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 17:32:35-05

CENTRAL TEXAS — Every year, H-E-B gives upwards of $400,000 to educators across the state of Texas. This year, two of the educators were in Central Texas.

On Monday, H-E-B representatives across the state carried gifts, including flowers and cookies, to surprise the H-E-B finalists for Excellence in Education.

Teachers will be surprised in their classroom and presented with a $1,000 check for themselves and a $1,000 check for their school. Principal finalists will be presented with $1,000 check for themselves and $2,500 check for their school before a surprise pep-rally style student assembly.

All finalists will be invited to compete against other educators for the chance to win greater cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

Overall statewide winners will be announced in May. Over the next two months, H-E-B is surprising a total of 40 finalists across the state and awarding $95,000 to educators and schools.

Killeen ISD Early College High School Principal Kathleen Burke was named a principal finalist, and Woodgate Elementary School teacher Morgan Castillo was named a teacher finalist.