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Posted December 16, 2010

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San Antonito Teacher Keeps Up with First Graders

San Antonito teacher June Coburn (left) receives her teacher of the month award from APSEF executive director Phill Casaus and Adrian Chavez of Pepsi.

June Coburn has a continuing trade-off with her first graders—she provides the instruction and they “rev me up.”

Coburn has been named Pepsi/APS Education Foundation Teacher of the Month for December. She has spent seven of her 10 years in teaching at Albuquerque Public Schools San Antonito Elementary, all of it in first-grade classrooms. That follows a previous career in accounting. The students keep her going.

“I feed off them and they give me back as much as I give them,” Coburn said of her students. “I love their enthusiasm and energy.”

Coburn said she loves teaching and is quick to share credit for the award with her fellow San Antonito teachers. The staff, which she said goes above and beyond the call, nominated her for the honor.

“We all care about students and we all work hard,” Coburn said. “That’s true of all teachers.”

“Ms. Coburn had it right when she spoke to the staff after the award announcement,” Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus said. “This award is intended to recognize all teachers for the incredible work they do.  And what they do is reflected in the success of their students.”

Pepsi joined forces with the Foundation last year to create the monthly recognition for teachers. Award-winners receive $50 from Pepsi. Coburn said all teachers are working to make things better for students.

“It’s a blessing to be able to teach,” she said.

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