The Ysleta Independent School District is among 20 high-performing school districts in Texas to be honored as a statewide semifinalist in the 2020 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program for its efforts to enrich the lives of its students.
“We are honored to receive this recognition, and we are thankful to H-E-B for its support of our district and public education in Texas, particularly during these challenging times,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre said. “More than ever, it is imperative for us to provide a positive educational experience for our students.”
H-E-B officials said more than 1,500 applications were received for this year’s Excellence in Education awards program, the largest monetary program for educators in the state.
The awards program spotlights the best practices of teachers, principals, districts, early childhood facilities, and school boards in an effort to celebrate the passion and creativity of Texas educators.
Dr. De La Torre added. “Learning cannot exist unless students know they have teachers and administrative leaders who care about their education, and whose dedication to pupils and learning is both apparent and paramount.”
Earlier this year, H-E-B also announced that nationally acclaimed Ysleta ISD principal, Dana Boyd, was selected as the 2020 Elementary Principal Excellence in Education Award, winning $10,000 cash for herself and a $25,000 grant for her school.
Boyd served as principal of East Point Elementary School in the 2019-20 school year, but is now principal at Parkland Elementary
In its semifinalist award letter, H-E-B officials said judges were impressed by Ysleta ISD’s extensive professional accomplishments, adding that the district is “helping to shape the future of Texas, and we thank you for your passion and your dedication. You are an inspiration to us all.”
The district also received $1,000 in H-E-B gift cards.