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Heroes for Children Award

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The State Board of Education established the Heroes for Children award program in 1994. The award is designed to recognize excellence in advocacy for education and to highlight the many outstanding volunteers whose efforts represent significant contributions to public school education in Texas.

Since its beginning, the award has provided a means to recognize Texas residents who render selfless acts of service by offering their time, effort, and support to public schools and students. The award honors volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to student learning or who have demonstrated sustained periods of involvement and support of public education. Each year, the 15-member Board recognizes one Hero from each of their districts. The Heroes for Children award recipients are honored at the September SBOE meeting.

Nomination Information:

Any Texas resident who gives time, effort, service, and support to public schools and students, except for elected officials and educational employees, can be nominated for the Heroes for Children award.

To nominate someone, completely fill out the Heroes for Children nomination form. Include all pertinent information, including an essay from the nominee and another essay from the nominator. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Review the nomination form for completeness before submitting. After selecting "Submit", you should receive the following message: "Thank You!" Your submission has been received. You should also receive a copy of your submission form through the nominator's email address. If you do not receive the message and a copy of your submission form, please resubmit your nomination form.

The nomination period for the 2024 Heroes for Children opens May 1st and ends on July 26th at 5 p.m. Central.

It is common to find award recipients who have volunteered hundreds, and sometimes thousands of hours to their local public schools. Others have been instrumental in helping to pass district bond proposals. The State Board of Education is proud to have recognized a number of volunteers who have worked unselfishly to help Texas students and their public schools.

2023 Heroes for Children Award Recipients


(Top row, left to right): District 9 Debbie Bozeman-Zook-Malakoff ISD; District 10 Carlette Eller-Killeen ISD; District 11 Paula Harwell-Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD; District 12 James Bramlette-Pleasant-Grove ISD; District 13 Sandra Maria Garcia-Fort Worth ISD; District 14 Doris Patrick-Coppell ISD; District 15 Eddy Morelock-Lubbock ISD
(Bottom row, left to right): District 1 Delia Medina-Socorro ISD; District 2 Nelida Tapia-La Joya ISD; District 3 Lisa Fairall-Northeast ISD; District 4 Melanie Gracia-Galena Park ISD; District 5 Tonnettia Simms-Harmony School of Endeavor, Austin (not in picture); District 6 Shannan Reid-Montgomery ISD; District 7 Milimo Reed-Lamar CISD; District 8 Candy Todash-Humble ISD

Meet the 2023 Heroes for Children Award Recipients

Heroes for Children- Past Recipients

For more information, contact or call (512) 463-9007.

Contact Information

Lenny Sanchez
Heroes Program Coordinator
State Board of Education Support Division
Texas Education Agency
(512) 463-9007