San Benito CISD Teacher Surprised with $25,000 Educator Award

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A valley schoolteacher is recognized for being one of the best in the nation. This morning the Milken Family Foundation honors a San Benito school teacher with a surprise award and $25,000.

They call it the “Oscar of Teaching”, in search of some of the best teachers nationwide. Fourth grade writing teacher Krystal Contreras from Dr. Cash Elementary was selected for her commitment to her classroom and to education. “I talk with other teachers from Texas, other teachers from the united states, to see what they’re doing, how they get their scores up and it’s never ending.” says Contreras.

It’s a unique award that aims to incentivize the best. Award winners are selected by their merits and the results are kept secret until the award is presented. The results are so secret that the school prepared for a special visit by the Texas Education Commissioner.

State Senator Eddie Lucio Jr., “We are very fortunate. We have thousands of teachers like her who are totally dedicated to the welfare of our children. They make sure students get the education they deserve and prepare them for the rest of their lives.”

Dr. Nate Carman, SBCISD Superintendent, “We recognize that excellence does not happen in isolation. We know that Dr. Cash Elementary exemplifies the gold standard in education that San Benito CISD is striving for.”

Dilia Cornett, principal, “One of the most notable things about Mrs. Contreras is that she is very giving, very generous. She is very generous of her time, the supplies that she has, ideas that she shares with her team, but not just with her team, but other teachers across grade levels.

“I do what i do because of them[children].”

Those that know her best say they are proud of the accomplishment. Mrs. Contreras has plans for the money. She said she’d consider a trip then save the rest for her children’s college fund.

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