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Adams teacher wins ExCEL Award

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Things got a little loud in Mrs. Gabriella Ortega’s classroom today. The Adams Elementary School art teacher was in the middle of a lesson the morning of April 16 when Superintendent Rey Madrigal, KENS 5 Anchor Deborah Knapp, and Jose Antonio Rios from the San Antonio Credit Union walked in to surprise her.

Mrs. Ortega had been named the Harlandale ISD Teacher of the Year in early 2013 and that distinction also earned her the KENS 5 ExCEL Award for Excellence in Teaching. With Mrs. Ortega’s students cheering, blowing horns and setting off confetti poppers, Ms. Knapp presented her with a golden apple trophy and Mr. Rios gave her a $1,000 check.

Mrs. Ortega will be featured on the KENS 5 at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday April 18.