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Nominate inspiring educators for ‘Teacher of the Game’ award by Feb. 8

2013 January 31
by HISD Communications

The Houston Rockets and Devon Energy are joining forces to recognize exemplary Pre-K–Grade 12 teachers through the Teacher of the Game award.

Principals, teachers, administrators, school faculty, PTA/PTO members, and other educational advocates are asked to nominate a deserving Houston-area teacher by Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

Submissions must include an essay of 500 words or less on how the nominee inspires his or her students to succeed.

Fifteen winners will be chosen and will receive the following:

  • two Houston Rockets home game tickets;
  • a Teacher of the Game T-shirt;
  • a commemorative award;
  • recognition at the game;
  • a $100 gift certificate for classroom supplies;
  • recognition on; and
  • a Teacher of the Game tote bag.

In addition, 25 randomly selected nominated teachers will receive two tickets to a Rockets game, and a commemorative mug.

Nominators whose teachers are selected as members of the final 15 will also be entered into a random drawing for a “Teacher of the Game Nominator” T-shirt and autographed memorabilia.

Nomination forms may also be downloaded from the Houston Rockets website.

Questions may be directed to Senior Community Relations Education Coordinator Hai Duong at

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The first window for eligible employees to receive a one-time payment of up to $5,000 for notifying Human Resources of their intent to retire or resign will close on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at 4:30 p.m.

A second opportunity to receive a $500 incentive for early notification will be available March 28–April 8.

For complete details, please see this related article.

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District administrators decided in December to revise the committee charter to give the group a more active role in monitoring HISD’s bond program and keeping the public informed on new construction and renovation projects.

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