Round Rock school wins H-E-B Rising Star award


A Round Rock ISD elementary school teacher won a statewide award for excellence in education earlier this month. 

Allie Duffy, who teaches at Joe Lee Johnson Elementary, was named one of two “Rising Star” teachers at the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards banquet in Houston on May 6. 

The awards program is designed to honor outstanding public school professionals, as well as thanking them for their dedication and commitment. An H-E-B release states that the company sponsors the program as a way 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.

Duffy received a $5,000 check from H-E-B, and the company made a $5,000 grant to Joe Lee Johnson Elementary. 

H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt personally handed out $430,000 in cash awards and grants, and congratulated eight educators, two school districts, one early childhood agency and a public school board for being among the best in Texas. The program has given away more than $9.5 million in cash and grants since 2002.

The winners were selected from a pool of 58 finalists by judges who include former winners, school administrators, as well as university and community leaders.

The Rising Star category recognizes teachers with less than 10 years of teaching experience. 

Another RRISD teacher, Teravista Elementary’s Stephanie Stoebe, was a finalist for a leadership award in the elementary school category. 

This is the 17th year of the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program.