Amarillo ISD principal becomes finalist for educator award competition

Amarillo ISD principal becomes finalist for educator award competition
Amarillo ISD principal becomes finalist for competitive educator award (Source: KFDA)

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Principal Jay Barrett of the Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning School was announced as a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award, making him one of five secondary education principals in the state.

H-E-B launched the awards program as a positive way to support public education in Texas.

After being nominated, Barrett’s professional experiences, educational philosophies and achievements both in and out of the classroom were reviewed by a panel of judges.

Once he was chosen as a finalist, H-E-B representatives came to the school and surprised him with $1,000 along with $2,500 for the school.

Amarillo ISD principal becomes finalist for educator award competition

“Principal Barrett was chosen out of hundreds of applicants and he’s one of five secondary principals in the whole state of Texas," said H-E-B Public Affairs Manager Jill Reynolds. "So, to be a finalist in this awards program means he’s doing a really outstanding job at his campus, and we’re really looking at what he’s doing above and beyond and what he’s doing for his students.”

Barrett said he was surprised.

“I’ve been in this business for 34 years now and those are the moments that you will never be able to lose,” said Barrett. “Money comes and goes, but those moments are the things that will make a lasting impression on my life and I wanna share that with everybody else.”

In May, Barrett will go to Austin to compete against four other principals, where a panel of judges will personally interview him.

If he wins, Barrett could receive $10,000 for himself and $25,000 for the school.

“I think that giving kids ownership of that money and having a committee formed to let them decide what we do with that money would probably be the most important thing that we could do here,” said Barrett.

Although 2020 nominations for educators are not open quite yet, more information on the Excellence in Education Awards can be found on the H-E-B website.

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