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Two APS Mid-School Teachers Earn Prestigious Golden Apple Award

Doris G. Merzweiler of Hayes/Wilson and Randy Martin of Desert Ridge will be recognized in April for Excellence in Teaching.

Posted December 4, 2014

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Title I Explora Family Science Nights Get National Spotlight

The program that connects students in need to the museum will be featured alongside Smithsonian Institute programs during the Conference for InterActivity 2015.

Posted November 13, 2014

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Matheson Park Instructional Coach Recognized by White House

Elaine Romero was profiled as part of Hispanic Heritage Month by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Posted October 16, 2014

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APS Resource Nurse Earns Top Honor

Christine Long receives the NM Nursing Excellence Award.

Posted October 16, 2014

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2013 Retirees Honored by Board of Ed

Hundreds of teachers, EAs, administrators and more were thanked for their years of service.

Posted September 11, 2014

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Education Hero Julie Dahl of CHS

The Cibola teacher was recognized by the American Red Cross for helping raise money to buy a wheelchair accessible van for a student in need.

Posted July 31, 2014

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Mrs. Obama Gives Shout Out to APS Counselor

The First Lady mentioned Kendra Moulton of E.G. Ross ES during an address at the American School Counselor Association's annual conference.

Posted July 31, 2014

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Taylor Teacher to Become Global Education Leader

Middle school science teacher Turtle Haste is a fellowship recipient of the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program.

Posted August 1, 2014

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Wilson MS Teacher Accepted to Summer Archaeology Workshop

John Daly will take part in the workshop at Mesa Verde National Park.

Posted May 8, 2014

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Cleveland MS Teacher Wins Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest

English teacher Jennifer Ek has been named the local winner of the contest sponsored by the book store.

Posted April 24, 2014

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APS Employee Named University of Phoenix Faculty Member of the Year

Joni Lebens, a math unit instructional manager, will be recognized at the college's graduation in June.

Posted April 10, 2014

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Rio Grande Teachers Selected for Stanford Fellowship

The fellowship brings 100 high school teachers from low-income schools to Stanford for residential workshops.

Posted March 19, 2014

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Manzano Teacher Wins National Educator Award & $25,000 Prize

Andy Cook, a beloved foreign languages teacher and Manzano graduate, was surprised by the honor at a school assembly celebrating student success Friday.

Posted March 16, 2014

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Lowell Principal Recognized for Support of National Guard

Cynthia Challberg-Hale was recently presented with a Patriot Award by the New Mexico Committee for Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve.

Posted February 20, 2014

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Prestigious Award Goes to APS Special Education Director

Dr. Anne Tafoya, who has spent nearly three decades as an educator, is being recognized for her support of students with learning disabilities in reading, writing and dyslexia.

Posted February 6, 2014

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Highland Math Teacher Finalist for Prestigious National Award

Marco Martinez is a finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Posted January 16, 2014

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10 APS Teachers Receive $12,000 via Teacher Partner Grants

For the fifth year, the Wells Fargo Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico Teacher Partner Grants has put cash in classrooms.

Posted December 19, 2013

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CEC Program Director Named to Nursing Education Advisory Council

Connie Baker will represent practical nursing education in the state.

Posted December 12, 2013

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APS Nursing Director Honored

Laura Case receives the New Mexico Nursing Excellence Award.

Posted November 13, 2013

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Special Education Behavior Consultant Inducted into Hall of Merit

Chris Briggs has been recognized for his commitment to a training process that is used to ensure safety and security for students and staff.

Posted November 6, 2013

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