Several teachers across the Valley received a big surprise on Thursday after H.E.B. selected them as finalists for the 2011 Excellence in Education Award.
One of those finalists is third grade teacher Dora Newell at Thigpen Zavala elementary school in McAllen. H.E.B. officials, with staff and students, surprised Mrs. Newell at school with a $1,000 dollar prize award and an additional $1,000 dollar check for the school.
Mrs. Newell, along with several other teachers, from across the state, will be able to compete for bigger cash prizes later this year.