2010 Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award
Marie Herbort, "Judy Burd" Award-Windham School District
As a former High School math teacher and as a CPA, Marie Herbort knows math. She shares her knowledge with offenders at the Halbert Unit in Burnet, Texas, every Tuesday afternoon to help them achieve a qualifying TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) score in order to take the GED test, and then helps them prepare for the GED test. Her efforts have had a positive influence on the offenders she tutors and there has been a high percentage of success for those offenders in their testing. Ms. Herbort also attends her students' graduation ceremonies to receive their Windham Diplomas. For her commitment to assisting others with their educational achievements, Marie Herbort has been selected to receive the "Judy Burd" Award from Windham School District.
This award is named in tribute to curriculum specialist, Judy Burd, who was employed with the Windham School District where she developed the nationally recognized pre-release program CHANGES. She was also the WSD Volunteer Program Coordinator and, in that capacity, encouraged many to give of their time in service to others. Judy Burd was well qualified for this role as she volunteered at the local alternative education program, and for several years taught adult education at night in her community, helping many learn to read and write.