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Posted November 15, 2012

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APS Teacher Named New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau Educator of the Year

Theresa Sandoval of Dolores Gonzales Elementary received the award in recognition of the excellent job she does teaching students about the role agriculture plays in their lives.

Theresa Sandoval, a dual language kindergarten teacher at Dolores Gonzales Elementary, was named the Educator of the Year by New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau at the organization’s 94th annual meeting. The award recognizes the excellent job Sandoval does of teaching Albuquerque students about the role agriculture plays in their lives.

“I want my students to see the big picture of where our food, clothes and daily needs come from. They need to realize that it’s the farmers and ranchers that provide for our needs," Sandoval said.

“Theresa deserves this award due to her dedication, commitment and creativity for incorporating agriculture into the classroom, school, and community," said Traci Williams, director of New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom, an outreach education program funded by the bureau. “She does an amazing job of bringing in the community agricultural resources to provide rich experiences for her students. She even helped orchestrate a committee, involving her dedicated principal, Lori Stuit, to organize the first annual Ag Day event at her elementary school. Theresa does an exceptional job of helping students see agriculture beyond the grocery store shelves."

As the award recipient, Sandoval will receive a stipend to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom conference in Minneapolis, Minn., in June.

New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau is a 16,000 member organization comprised of farmers and ranchers, and those who are interested in private property rights and a local food supply. It is the state’s largest, private agricultural organization and was founded in 1917.

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