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Posted April 5, 2011

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APS Teacher, Liaison Recognized as Outstanding NM Women

Corinne Martinez, one of the recipients of the 2011 Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women.

Carolyn Metzler, a third grade teacher at 7-Bar Elementary School, and Corinne Martinez, a family and school liaison for Zia Elementary School, have been selected to receive the 2011 Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women. The two Albuquerque Public Schools employees are among 21 women from around the state who will be honored for their exceptional contributions to their community and state at an event on Friday, May 6, at the Hotel Albuquerque. The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women will host the 26th annual event.

The award recipients, chosen by a panel of judges from throughout the state, were judged on their unique community leadership abilities, effectiveness of advocacy for women and their families, and leadership in their careers.

Carolyn Metzler has shown community leadership and volunteerism through her work with the Good Shepherd Center and as auxiliary president to oversee the fundraising events that benefit the hundreds of people the center serves. She is committed to serving the underserved through her involvement as an advocate for the Metropolitan Detention Center’s Parent-Child Bonding Program, and her devotion to the students and their families of 7-Bar Elementary School.

As an educator, Metzler has distinguished herself by playing a vital role in the school community by organizing clubs, providing mentors for future teachers in their training, and creating a positive classroom environment for all students by honoring individuality and diversity.

Corinne Martinez is an advocate for the least fortunate of society. As a family/community liaison, Martinez gets families involved in school life. She helped research and found FAST (Families and Schools Together) at Zia Elementary, a nationally recognized program that brings parents and children together to learn how to help the child be successful in school and to communicate better as a family. Martinez has led two to four programs each year since 2008, impacting dozens of families.

Additionally, Martinez coordinates the PTA Clothing Bank at her school, organizes Thanksgiving baskets, runs a Secret Santa program by connecting with a local business to raise funds and purchase gifts for families that otherwise would not have gifts at Christmastime. She works closely with APS Homeless Project, Roadrunner Food Bank and the Storehouse to provide support for families. Whether playing an active role in fifth grade graduation to providing hungry children with food backpacks for the weekend, Martinez has dedicated her life to the children and families of Zia Elementary School.

The banquet honoring Metzler, Martinez and the other 19 recipients of the governor’s honor is open to the public. Tickets are available at $65 per person. Deadline for RSVP is Monday, May 2. For more information or to make a reservation, call the NM Commission on the Status of Women at 222-6600.

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