Mary Lagleder, a History teacher at Warren HS, 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 Lagleder in her classroom on Monday by Principal David Empson, Superintendent Brian Woods, and H-E-Buddy and friends.
Lagleder is among 4,500 nominations submitted this year by H-E-B customers, employees, and community members. A team of judges narrowed the field to 252 semifinalists and then 40 finalists.
As a finalist in the “rising star award” category which honors teachers with less than 10 years of experience, Lagleder was presented with a $1,000 check for herself and $1,000 for her campus. She will now travel to Houston on May 2 and 3 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 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.