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Teacher of the Month Brings Singing Back to Taylor MS

Elizabeth Torres was hired 13 years ago to revive the choral program.

Teacher of the Month Brings Singing Back to Taylor MS

Elizabeth Torres and the Taylor MS Guitar Ensemble in Washington D.C.C

October 17, 2013

When the young musicians taught by Elizabeth Torres at Taylor Middle School take pride in their performances, their dedicated teacher takes pride in them.

"The things I enjoy most about teaching are the accomplishments of my students," said Torres, this month's Pepsi/APS Education Foundation Teacher of the Month. "Watching that moment when the light bulb turns on for the first time; knowing that what you have been trying to teach them has reached home; watching the pride in their eyes when they perform on stage or for an audience the music that we have worked on so hard for all those hour, even when we have worked on the same little sections over and over again until we are sick of the song."

Torres has been at Taylor for 13 years, hired in 2000 to revive the choral program. She also teaches guitar and yearbook. Her teaching career began a decade before that in Las Vegas, NM. She also taught in Rio Rancho and Pecos before coming to Albuquerque Public Schools. She comes from a long line of teachers, and her late husband also was an APS teacher.

"My mother was a teacher for 37 years. Her father was a teacher and her grandfather was a teacher. You could say teaching is in my blood. It is part of who I am and who I was meant to be," Torres said.

For the fourth school year, Pepsi, in partnership with the APS Education Foundation, is recognizing APS teachers for their outstanding contribution to the classroom, school and community.  The Foundation randomly selects one APS school each month, and that school’s principal or staff chooses a teacher to be honored. The teacher receives a $100 check from Pepsi and acknowledgement on the APS website, Facebook page and electronic billboards at Cibola, Del Norte and Eldorado high schools and Wilson Stadium.

"I have had the pleasure of teaching some outstanding students here at Taylor, some of whom have gone on to do some amazing things with their lives," Torres said. "I have had the chance to see some of these students become doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, outstanding musicians. I am proud of each and everyone of their accomplishments and hope that I was able to contribute at least some small way to their success."

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