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Posted August 30, 2012

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Duranes Principal Named “George Award” Winner by MicroSociety

Gabe Garcia recognized for his strong leadership and tireless commitment.

Gabe Garcia, principal at Duranes Elementary School, has been named a recipient of the George Award for “his strong leadership and tireless commitment to bringing innovative real world learning to his students using the MicroSociety model.”

Garcia received the award during the 20th Annual MircoSociety National Conference last month in Philadelphia.

“Over the past six years Garcia and a small group of committed staff members have garnered unparalleled support from colleagues, as well as with members of the local community who volunteer resources and expertise to the benefit of students,” Robyn Pancoast of MicroSociety wrote in a press release announcing the award.

The MicroSociety curriculum brings applied and hands-on learning to students in kindergarten through eighth grade at schools around the nation. Using the MicroSociety model, students run a local government and businesses. It is designed to increase academic achievement and enhance citizenship, financial literacy, service learning and community engagement.

Named after MicroSociety’s founder Dr. George H. Richmond, the George Awards recognize outstanding achievement of students, educators, parents, and community partners in real-world learning.  The George Awards are a major highlight of the annual conference.

Duranes Elementary, which is a magnet school for careers, serves about 300 students in Albuquerque’s North Valley.

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