Teachers and Campus Staff Earn $35M for Boosting Student Achievement

More than 12,300 employees receive performance pay under the ASPIRE Award program

January 25, 2012

Students across the Houston Independent School District achieved unprecedented success in the classroom in 2010-2011, and the educators most responsible for the gains will receive their financial awards on Jan. 25.

HISD is paying a total of $35 million to 12,390 campus employees under the ASPIRE Award program that aims to recognize those whose hard work resulted in students making more progress in one year than their peers elsewhere.

Classroom teachers in HISD are receiving the bulk of the ASPIRE Award money-$30.5 million spread among 9,162 teachers. The average ASPIRE Award for teachers is $3,324.26.

This year, four teachers at four different campuses received the highest payout of $10,300. Those teachers are Debra Bunton (Highland Heights ES), Marcos Giannotti (Hobby ES), Chavis Mitchell (Osborne ES), and Stephanie Spurling (Hartsfield ES).

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Chavis Mitchell (Osborne ES).
Debra Bunton (Highland Heights ES).