Dr. Janice Lombardi, principal of Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School, was named a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award on Tuesday, Feb. 16. She was surprised with a check for $1,000, while her school received $2,500.
“This is a way to say we see you, we recognize what you’re doing, we want to thank you for what you’re doing,” said Jill Reynolds, public affairs manager for H-E-B. “Not only recognizing them, but putting a monetary award in their pocket and encouraging them to keep doing what they’re doing.”
“It’s really hard to make an old principal cry, but you’ve certainly done it today,” Lombardi said.
Garza students rise to meet high expectations, she said. “Our children are performing at a level that is competitive with any private school or charter school around. And they are in some cases surpassing them.”