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Posted August 23, 2012

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Bandelier Teacher is PED August Educator of the Month

Ann McCoy Chavez teaches third grade.

Bandelier Elementary third grade teacher Ann McCoy Chavez has been named the August Educator of the Month by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

This is Chavez’s second year at Bandelier, and she had taught previously at Mark Twain and Whittier elementary schools. Since graduating with her bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern New Mexico University in the mid-1980s, Chavez’s teaching career has also led her overseas to Kuwait and the Marshall Islands. She also holds a master’s degree and administrative certification from ENMU.

Chavez said that while she finds education to be challenging, she is drawn to the children. “I like seeing those ‘aha moments,’ when students get it and understand something that they may have been struggling with,” she said.

Chavez’s choice of a career was a natural one, she said. “My dad was a professor at Eastern and my mom worked in the education department.”

Each month, the state Public Education Department chooses a New Mexico educator to feature in its monthly newsletter.

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