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Posted September 17, 2015

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Pepsi, Foundation Honor Teachers for 6th Year

Alicia Apodaca, a fifth grade teacher at Mary Ann Binford, was honored for the month of September.

The focus in Alicia Apodaca’s fifth grade class at Mary Ann Binford Elementary in on each and every student.

“If you recognize the individual child, take the time to listen to them and prepare for differentiation, the kids know you are paying attention to them,” said Apodaca, the first person to receive the Teacher of the Month honor this school year.

Apodaca credits her own first grade teacher for her passion for learning. She said her teacher encouraged her to improve her reading skills by connecting her with chapter books at a young age.

Six years ago, Pepsi and the APS Education Foundation began recognizing just a few of the district’s outstanding teachers for their contributions 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.

They receive a small token of appreciation, but represent the many outstanding teachers in Albuquerque Public Schools.

Meet Alicia Apodaca.

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