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We're proud to feature employees who receive special honors, awards, and recognitions in Perspective and on the website. Please send information and a photograph to king_joh@aps.edu.

APS Executive Director Continues to Lead State Procurement Association

Rennette Apodaca, the APS Executive Director of Procurement and Accounts Payable, has led the New Mexico Public Procurement Association since 2015.

Posted December 13, 2017

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Patrick Arguelles Named 2017 Secondary Principal of the Year

The CEC/ECA principal was recognized by the New Mexico Association of Secondary School Principals.

Posted October 18, 2017

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Inez Grandma Recognized as Volunteer of the Month

Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry recently recognized Evelina Gonzalez

Posted August 30, 2017

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National Certification for Members of Transition Services Staff

Four employees passed the Certified Employment Support Professional exam.

Posted November 30, 2016

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APS Teacher Recognized by New Mexico Autism Society

Robert Burnett of Transition Services was honored as Special Educator of the year for secondary/post secondary education.

Posted November 30, 2016

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Michelle Lemons Named National Elementary Art Educator of the Year

She also was named New Mexico State Art Educator of the year and Western Regional Art Educator of the Year.

Posted April 12, 2016

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Dr. Analee Maestas Becomes 'Master' Board Member

The vice president of the APS Board of Education received the honor from the NM School Boards Association.

Posted August 13, 2015

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New Futures Teacher Selected for Global Classroom Program

Mary Rafferty is among 82 teachers nationally who will participate in program that provides teachers the opportunity to explore global education.

Posted June 17, 2015

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Taylor Teacher Receives NOAA Award

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is recognizing her for demonstrating excellence in science education.

Posted May 21, 2015

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La Cueva, Cibola Music Departments Get National Recognition

They were among only three New Mexico schools to earn the 2015 Support Music Merit Award from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.

Posted May 12, 2015

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Dale Hagin Gets NMPTA Honorary Life Achievement Award

The APS Title I resource teacher was recognized during the state PTA convention in April.

Posted May 7, 2015

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New Futures Teacher Receives National Recognition

Mary Rafferty has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities summer scholar.

Posted May 7, 2015

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Washington Teacher Selected as Apple Distinguished Educator

Dominic Pettine is only the fourth person from New Mexico to be selected to the prestigious, international program.

Posted April 23, 2015

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Rio Grande Speech Coach Gets National Recognition

Luis Chavez was honored as a "diamond coach."

Posted April 23, 2015

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Resource Nurse Recognized for Immunization Efforts

Christine Long is being honored New Mexico Immunization Coalition

Posted April 23, 2015

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Mayor Berry Honors District Stress Management & Recovery Team

They were recognized for outstanding volunteerism.

Posted April 23, 2015

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Cleveland PE Teacher Margaret Hornbeck Honored

She was named Southwest District Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America.

Posted March 5, 2015

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APS Counselor Travels to D.C. to be Honored by White House

Freida Trujillo, a college and career readiness counselor at Tony Hillerman Mid-School, was a finalist for School Counselor of the Year.

Posted February 5, 2015

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John Baker PE Teacher Honored for Educating Students on Heart Disease

Ann Paulls-Neal will be recognized nationally for her support of the Jump Rope for the Heart and Hoops for Heart educational fund development program.

Posted February 5, 2015

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Karen Alarid Named Distinguished Alumna

The executive director of capital is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning.

Posted December 18, 2014

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