McCollum principal named finalist for H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards

MHS Principal receives HEB award

A group of H-E-B representatives carrying balloons, flowers and cookies surprised McCollum High School Principal Jacob Garcia Tuesday morning with the news that he is a finalist for the 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards.

The principal thought he was walking into a student assembly, little did he know it was an assembly for him. District administrators, staff and students welcomed Garcia to the auditorium with cheers and applause, and while on stage, H-E-B Buddy presented Garcia with a $1,000 check for himself and a $2,500 check for the school.

“It’s a great honor for me to lead this campus and to be recognized in this capacity,” Garcia said. “It’s not just me, my leadership team and staff have really contributed to the things that are happening here at McCollum.”

The principal also thanked his wife and parents, who were in attendance, as well as his students for their support.

Garcia will be invited to Houston on May 5-6 to compete against other top educators across Texas for the chance to win $10,000 for himself and $25,000 for the school.

“The opportunity to move forward in this competition, and to be able to meet and rub elbows with other great educators, is going to be a phenomenal experience,” Garcia said.

As a McCollum graduate himself, Garcia is looking forward to sharing the school’s story with the judges.

“I’m going to share our successes here at McCollum, the great kids that we have, the challenges that we have, and how we deal with our challenges,” Garcia said.

Superintendent Rey Madrigal also took the time to thank H-E-B and congratulate Garcia on this special recognition.

“To have H-E-B recognize one of our best instructional leaders in education is a huge honor for our district,” Madrigal said. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, myself, cabinet, staff and the entire Harlandale ISD family, we thank H-EB for the recognition. Congratulations, Mr. Garcia!”

Garcia has had a successful career in education for more than 20 years at Harlandale ISD. However, when he became the principal at McCollum HS, he knew it was going to be something special.

“All my siblings and my wife have also graduated from McCollum HS, so we’re very invested in this community and this campus,” he said. “We’re invested to do what we need to do to be successful.”

Congratulations and good luck, Mr. Garcia!


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