Spring Woods High School chemistry teacher Jamie Flint (left) has been named as a finalist in the 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards competition. Photo courtesy of H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards.
On Thursday, Feb. 24, the Spring Woods High teacher was surprised inside her classroom by a team from H-E-B. She is a finalist for H-E-B’s Leadership Award, secondary level, which honors teachers with 10 to 20 years in the classroom.
She was presented with a personal check for $1,000; a separate $1,000 check was given to the high school. H-E-B representatives also presented Flint with balloons, flowers and a specially decorated cake.
|Photo courtesy of H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards.|
Flint, who was the 2012 Secondary Teacher of the Year in Spring Branch ISD, is now in competition on a statewide level for cash awards totaling $430,000 that will be issued to top teachers and principals. Flint and other finalists are invited May 6-7 to Austin to learn if they are big H-E-B winners.
H-E-B’s Excellence in Education is the largest monetary awards program open to educators in Texas, and among the largest such programs in the nation. Teacher nominations are open to H-E-B customers, employees and community members.
Applications must be submitted by nominees, and a team of judges narrows the field for final review. A final judging panel that includes former award winners, administrators, and community and university leaders unaffiliated with teacher and principal finalists, makes final choices on winners.
A 2004 graduate of Texas A&M University at College Station, Flint has taught at Spring Woods High since graduation. In addition to teaching the three levels of chemistry – academic, Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) and AP – she is department co-team leader, a TAKS chemistry tutorial teacher, and an ACTIVboard trainer at the high school.
She has presented at the region, state and national level on her topics of interest in chemistry, teaching and technology, and was in a first cohort of SBISD teachers to “flip” instruction through the use of digital devices and video lectures.
“I like to see success in all my students,” Flint says. “Effective teachers radiate their passion and tell their students that failure is not an option and, if they try hard enough, they will prevail. Every student needs cheering for them.”
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