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Posted May 2, 2013

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Denise Mullen, James Monroe MS

Denise Mullen retired from James Monroe Middle School last fall.

She began her teaching career in the Teacher Corps in Canutillo, Texas, and joined APS in 1984 as a second grade teacher at Los Ranchos Elementary. She taught second, third, and fourth grade at Chaparral Elementary for over a decade, and taught social studies at Taft Middle School and opened James Monroe Middle School as social studies department chair. She also taught ESL, accelerated and regular language arts at James Monroe before retiring.

Denise was a cooperating teacher for numerous student teachers as well as a mentor to first-year teachers. Denise often spent summers on archaeological digs and traveling to historical sites and enjoyed creating classroom history lessons and activities based on these experiences. She was the first APS teacher to become National Board Certified in Early Adolescence/Social Studies-History. She was a three-time recipient of the Teacher Dream Fund and a Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher to Japan in 2002.

Denise looks forward to doing a lot of traveling and spending time with family in her retirement. Active in the Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation, she is learning Japanese and is already planning the next youth exchange with Sister City, Sasebo, Japan.

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