Posted: 08/13/2009 - Barbara Hoover, a math teacher at Dime Box Independent School District, will be presented the Texas A&M University Inspiration Award for Exceptional Education during Texas A&M University commencement ceremonies at 2 p.m. Friday (Aug. 14). Teachers selected to receive this unusual award – believed to be the first of its type by any university in Texas – are nominated by one of their former students who are about to graduate from Texas A&M. Recipients of the award are recognized during commencement ceremonies at the university, where they are presented checks for $2,000. Also, their high schools receive $1,000. As a university known for valuing excellence, leadership and service, Texas A&M sponsors the award as a way of recognizing those values in the teachers who have inspired and challenged their students to excel. Hoover was nominated for the award by one of her former students, Anne O'Toole, who is graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M. O’Toole will be formally presented her biomedical sciences degree by Hoover, a privilege normally reserved for the university’s president.