Monday, May 8, 2017
Spring Woods High School chemistry teacher Jamie Flint was named as Leadership category winner among all secondary teachers across Texas on Sunday during the 16th annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards held in Austin.
For her deserved recognition as one of the state’s best educators, Flint earned a $10,000 personal check and a $10,000 grant for Spring Woods High School. H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt personally handed out more $430,000 in cash and grant awards during the Hilton Hotel in Austin ceremony.
Honored in Austin by H-E-B’s Butts were eight educators, two school districts, one early childhood agency and a public school board for being tops in Texas. Since its start in 2002, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards has issued more than $8.5 million in cash awards and grants.
“We have been treated like rock stars. People say it’s the Oscars of teaching, and it really is,” Flint was reported saying. She was selected for the Leadership award from a small pool of nominees. Across all H-E-B categories, only 58 finalists were judged by former award winners, public school administrators and university and community leaders.
She was named in February as a finalist for the secondary-level award, which goes to a teacher with 10 to 20 years’ classroom experience. As a finalist, she earned a personal check for $1,000 and the high school was given $1,000, too.
Flint was Spring Branch ISD’s 2012 Secondary Teacher of the Year, and was named last year as a Cohort I Vanguard Fellow by the district.
A 2004 graduate of Texas A&M University at College Station, she has taught at Spring Woods High since her graduation. In addition to teaching 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 among early adopters in SBISD 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.”
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.
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