Cy Falls teacher named H-E-B Excellence in Education Award finalist

February 23, 2018

Pamela Broussard (right), Cypress Falls High School teacher in the CFISD New Arrival Center
Pamela Broussard (right), Cypress Falls High School teacher in the CFISD New Arrival Center, leads her students in a cheer after Martha Berrera, H-E-B public affairs representative, and other company representatives surprised Broussard as a 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards finalist.

Feb. 23, 2018—Cypress Falls High School teacher Pamela Broussard was among eight Houston-area educators named finalists for the 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, an initiative that highlights them as some of the best teachers in Texas.

Broussard, who works with students in the New Arrival Center (NAC), learned of her selection during a surprise visit by H-E-B representatives to her classroom Feb. 23. She received a check for $1,000 for herself, while another $1,000 check will go to the campus. In addition, H-E-B representatives brought flowers for Broussard and a cake to celebrate her accomplishment and birthday, which was the same day.

Yadi Perla (left), a store administrator at H-E-B Jones Road, and Martha Berrera (right), H-E-B public affairs representative
Yadi Perla (left), a store administrator at H-E-B Jones Road, and Martha Berrera (right), H-E-B public affairs representative, join Becky Denton (second from left), Cypress Falls High School principal in surprising Pamela Broussard as a 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards finalist. Broussard, a Cypress Falls teacher who works with students in the New Arrival Center, earned $1,000 for herself and $1,000 for Cypress Falls.

“It was an amazing surprise,” Broussard said. “I love working with my kids and love what we do, so to be recognized for that is great. I’m at an amazing school with a supportive principal who lets me do what I need to do for my kids. All the counselors, the teachers, my partner and my assistant – everyone just pulls together and we really are a team that makes the magic happen for these kids.”

H-E-B’s Excellence in Education is the largest monetary awards program for education in Texas and among the largest in the nation.

All finalists are invited to Houston on May 5-6 to compete on a statewide level for larger cash prizes totaling $430,000.

In its 13th year, CFISD’s NAC program offers an innovative approach to meet the needs of students who are immigrants to the United States.

Pamela Broussard (green top), a Cypress Falls High School teacher who works with students in the New Arrival Center,
Pamela Broussard (green top), a Cypress Falls High School teacher who works with students in the New Arrival Center, is interviewed after she was surprised in her classroom as a 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards finalist. She won $1,000 for herself and $1,000 for Cypress Falls, and will join other finalists to Houston on May 5-6 to compete on a statewide level for larger cash prizes.

“She works with students that are already coming with more challenges than most – they’ve been here for six month or less, they don’t know the language and they’re new to the country. And she takes them to a level playing field,” said Becky Denton, Cypress Falls High School principal. “She puts their feet on a firm foundation so that they can be successful.”

The Excellence in Education Awards program began in 2002 in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators as a positive way to support public education in Texas and highlights and celebrates best practices and creativity from educators.

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