Frenship Middle School Principal Jerry Jerabek got a unique Valentine’s Day surprise in a school assembly on Wednesday morning. Jerabek was selected as a finalist for the 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award.
As a finalist, Jerabek was presented with a $1,000 check for himself and a second $2,500 check for FMS. He will travel to Houston for the awards gala on May 5-6 where judges will conduct face-to-face interviews. Winners will be announced at a gala on the evening of May 6.
When asked about the award, Jerabek responded, “I am deeply honored. I love making a difference and am really proud of the work we do at FMS. I don’t do it for the notoriety, but it is nice to be recognized and reaffirms that I’m making a difference.”
Created in 2002, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards are designed to honor outstanding public school professionals and to thank them for their dedication and commitment.
Through this program, H-E-B seeks to pay tribute to those educators who go the extra mile each and every day to serve their students and their communities and who inspire others to do the same.
Under the Principal category, this honor is designed to recognize them based on the following criteria:
- Leadership and Campus Culture
- Instructional Leadership and Management
- Communication and Community Relations
“I’m getting to live out my dream every day. This is where I want to be. To my students, I hope that when an opportunity comes, you do what I did and grab it!” Jerabek said.