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Swenke ES teacher wins HEB Excellence in Education award

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Swenke Elementary School representatives join HEBuddy in displaying the $1,000 check for the Excellence in Education Rising Star Teaching Award. Pictured, from left, are instructional specialist Susan Huntsman, principal’s secretary Shelly DeLoach, assistant principal Michelle Lloyd, life skills teacher Debbie Williams, school namesake Deanna Swenke and husband Jim Swenke and assistant principal Cathy Jacobs.

Feb. 22, 2013—HEB recognized Swenke Elementary School life skills teacher Debbie Williams on Friday as a regional finalist for the Excellence in Education Rising Star Teaching Award.

Representatives from HEB surprised Williams during a visit to the school on Friday afternoon.

The HEB Excellence in Education Awards celebrate public school professionals whose leadership and dedication inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.

Williams is among 30 regional Rising Star Teaching Award finalists to be presented with a $1,000 check, plus an additional $1,000 check to her campus. State winners will be announced at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards ceremony on May 3, 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in Austin. One elementary and one secondary teacher will each receive a $5,000 cash prize, plus a $5,000 grant for his or her school.

“Debbie Williams is truly an exceptional teacher and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor,” said Swenke principal Elizabeth Miller. “Her classroom is child-centered and every student feels loved, respected and important. Each child, regardless of the severity of his or her disability, is a valued member and Debbie encourages and celebrates the smallest to largest victory.”

Miller added that Williams’ work ethic and selflessness make her invaluable to those she works with and for.

\“She always goes above and beyond, whether it is finding ways to help her students learn, creating materials to maximize their strengths, or her willingness to lend a hand,  share her knowledge or brainstorm strategies with others,” Miller said. “She is truly an asset to our school, her students and their families and our district.”

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Swenke Elementary School instructional specialist Susan Huntsman holds an iPad featuring Swenke principal Elizabeth Miller, who surprised life skills teacher Debbie Williams from a remote location to notify her she was a regional finalist for the Excellence in Education Rising Star Teaching Award.

 

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Melissa Ludwig, on behalf of HEB, presents Swenke life skills teacher Debbie Williams with a $1,000 check for being selected as one of 30 regional finalists for the Excellence in Education Rising Star Teaching Award.

 

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