2023 Excellence in Education Awards

EIE 2023

Superheroes of the world, unite!

You are being called to your most important mission: #EIE2023!
Join Hillsborough Education Foundation in partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools as we shine a spotlight on the district’s superheroes: our top educators and support staff.
It will be a memorable evening honoring nominees from schools across the county and awarding our 2023 Teacher of the Year, Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year and Instructional Support Employee of the Year. 
Top Secret Mission Details 

Event Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023  

Event Location: Straz Center for the Performing Arts | 1010 N. Macinnes Place, Tampa

Welcome Reception: 4:30 PM – Doors open and reception begins. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres served by Hillsborough Schools Culinary Students throughout the venue.

Awards Ceremony: 6 PM Awards ceremony begins promptly and is expected to wrap up around 7:15 PM.

After Party: 7:15 PM Enjoy music, desserts and drinks on the patio as we celebrate our 2023 Excellence in Education Awards winners. 


Once you purchase your $25 ticket(s), you will receive an electronic ticket(s) to bring with you to the event for entry in lieu of picking up tickets at an onsite check-in table.

HCPS Staff: Please select the school/department you are associated with in the drop-down box when prompted.

School Nominees: If you completed the district application, you will receive an email with instructions on how to register for your 2 complimentary e-tickets, one for you and one for a guest to the event.


Dress up your cocktail attire with a nod to your favorite superhero—we know your cape is invisible.

Parking – Get Here in a Flash
  • William F. Poe Garage | 800 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa
  • On-street parking (where available)
  • Fort Brooke Parking Garage | 107 N. Franklin Street, Tampa
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools employees are encouraged to park at Blake High School and utilize the free shuttle service to the Straz Center.
Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Download the list of sponsorship opportunities here or send a bat signal to Development Managers Laura Grucza or Jordan Freindlich by the January 4, 2023 deadline.


For event questions, contact: Zarna Patel, HEF Events & Engagement Manager.