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Posted November 17, 2011

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James Luján of Ernie Pyle MS Recognized as a Hero in Education by Fidelity Investments

James Luján, principal at Ernie Pyle Middle School, recently was recognized as one of the Heroes in Education by Fidelity Investments as part of its Fidelity at Schools nationwide program designed to help at-risk middle school students acquire the fundamental skills they need to achieve success. Fidelity at School strives to help America’s neediest kids to ignite their spark, continue to learn, and stay on track for college, careers and life.

As part of the honor, Luján was recognized with a full-page ad in Albuquerque the Magazine. The story that ran along with his picture read:

“Every morning, James Luján is greeted by smiling faces, hugs and high fives. As the principal at Ernie Pyle Middle School, he believes perseverance, hard work and taking time to build strong relationships are the keys to making a difference in student achievement. He sees infinite value in motivating families to contribute to reaching their children’s academic goals.

Luján got his start in education as a bilingual teacher at Eugene Field Elementary, where he later became the principal. He also worked as a professor at New Mexico Highlands University, teaching principalship courses to aspiring teachers.

He continues his love for education and teaching by setting high but reachable expectations for his students through innovative, highly qualified teachers and empowering students to play an engaged role in the educational system.”

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