Written by Phil Cerroni
Stipes Elementary School Principal Jackie Gorena and Austin Middle School teacher Ryan Patton have been named finalist for the 2013 HEB Excellence in Education Award. HEB surprised both at their respective schools with monetary presentations.
Stipes Elementary School surprisingly and successfully planned an entire assembly in honor of Gorena. Patton was caught off guard in the friendly walls of his classroom. HEB employees arrived with balloons, cake, flowers and multiple checks. Both Patton and Gorena received $1,000 checks for themselves and a $2,500 check for their schools.
Source: Irving ISD