Nolan Ryan JH teacher named Finalist for 2014 H-E-B Excellence in Education Rising Star Award

On Friday, April 4 Jennifer Gallagher, Nolan Ryan Junior High teacher, was named a finalist for the 2014 H-E-B Excellence in Education Rising Star Award.  She is one of six teachers in Texas to receive an Excellence in Education award. H-E-B officials surprised Gallagher with a visit to her classroom that included cake, balloons, flowers and a $1,000 check for her personal use, along with a $1,000 check for her campus to use for the students.

As the H-E-B officials entered Gallagher’s class, her students cheered in excitement. “This was such an honor,” mentioned Gallagher.

Gallagher, who is also the current District Teacher of the Year, has worked at the campus for 6 years as a choir teacher.

“Jennifer is a fantastic teacher who has made a huge impact on our students. She works extremely hard, and is a true asset to our campus,” said Christina Lovette, Nolan Ryan Junior High principal.

Gallagher, along with the other finalist will attend a special event in May to compete at the statewide level for a larger cash prize. A statewide panel of judges will then conduct personal interviews with each finalist and select winners to receive additional cash prizes for themselves and their campus.

The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program launched in 2002, as a positive way to support public education in Texas. It has become the largest monetary program for educators in the state, spotlighting best practices and celebrating the passion and creativity of Texas educators.

H-E-B asks customers, Partners (employees) and community members to nominate teachers, principals, districts, early childhood facilities and school boards in Texas. Each nominee is then sent an invitation to complete an application online and is asked about their professional experiences, educational philosophies and achievements both in and out of the classroom. Once all applications are submitted, a team of judges selects the finalists, who are then surprised at their campus with a cash prize.

For additional information on the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards visit