SAN DIEGO – H-E-B Excellence in Education began to accept nominations for educators who make a difference in the lives of students across Texas. The San Diego Independent School District's School Board was recently nominated for the award.

“I’m very pleased that our San Diego ISD School Board has been nominated for the H-E-B excellence award. Our school board has always been very supportive and progressive in the pursuit of excellence,” said Superintendent Dr. Sam Bueno. “It would not surprise me one bit if they (won) the $25,000 dollar grant! Our school district has a recognized B rating from TEA (Texas Education Agency) and has been the recipient of over 10 million dollars worth of competitive grant funding that is making a positive impact on the children of San Diego!”

The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards was created in 2002. It is designed to honor outstanding public school professionals and to thank them for their dedication and commitment, according to H-E-B.

Through the program, H‑E‑B seeks to pay tribute to those educators who go the extra mile each and every day to serve their students and their communities and who inspire others to do the same.

Each year, these awards highlight a variety of educators who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of their students and communities.

According to H-E-B, community members across the state of Texas nominated more than 5,000 outstanding educators to encourage them to apply for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, last year.

Nominees may qualify educators and districts to win cash prizes and grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000.

In 2018, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards awarded more than $700,000 in cash prizes, gift cards and grants to finalists and winners. Since its inception in 2002, the program has awarded over $10 million to Texas educators, schools and districts, according to H-E-B.