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Posted October 3, 2013

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APS Honors 2012 Retirees

Superintendent Winston Brooks and the APS Board of Education recognized those who dedicated years of service to the students of Albuquerque during a retirement dinner on Sept. 26.

Dr. Analee Maestas greets a former APS employee at a retirement dinner.

A dinner recognizing those who retired from Albuquerque Public Schools in 2012 was held on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Albuquerque Museum. Honorees were entertained by the La Cueva High School orchestra and Mariachi San Jose from Albuquerque High. They also received a gift from the Board of Education while enjoying an opportunity to catch up with former colleagues.

“Our staff works every day to help educate our students,” said Superintendent Winston Brooks. “We appreciate each and every one of our employees for their service, some of whom have worked for the district for more than 40 years.”

More than 400 employees retired in 2012.

The APS Board recognized former teachers, educational assistants, bakers, custodians, administrators and others in various positions in the district. One of the longest serving employees recognized by the board was Tony Pacheco, who retired from Maintenance and Operations after 42 years of service.

“Look at your hands and think about the number of parents and students, the unknown number of lives, you have touched,” APS Board Member Dr. Don Duran told the retirees.  “Thank you for making a difference in students' lives, an impact that you may never know.”

Several retirees told the board and superintendent that they appreciated being recognized, and that they hope to stay involved by volunteering in schools, at the APS-operated Community Clothing Bank and with such initiatives as truancy prevention.

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