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Posted May 18, 2011

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Retirement: Maestra Sandra Hodes

Please join us in celebrating the retirement of Maestra Sandra Hodes at  Dolores Gonzales Elementary School May 19 from 3-5 pm.

Maestra Hodes began as an ESL teacher in Mexico City.  When she moved to the United States, she went to UNM and earned her teaching license and Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education and Children’s Literature.  In January of 1989 while working on her degree, she began as a bilingual assistant at Dolores Gonzales Elementary.  Once receiving her teaching license, she taught a dual language 2nd/3rd grade combo class for two years.  Maestra Hodes became a bilingual resource teacher in 1998 and has been teaching children about the importance of language and the appreciation of culture since then.  Maestra Hodes organized and successfully led the Dolores Gonzales dance club for 12 years.  She taught students traditional New Mexican and Mexican Folkloric dances.  The dance group performed on Channel 41 several times a year and also at parades, bilingual conferences as well as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day celebrations.

Maestra Hodes has dedicated her career to bilingual education and with her wisdom has shown her colleagues the value of teaching culture along with language.  After her retirement, she plans on continuing as a translator/interpreter.  Please help us celebrate Maestra Sandra Hodes and wish her a happy, healthy retirement.

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