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Board of Education Recognitions

Posted: August 19, 2020

Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction and a Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award winners

Michael Nair from Albuquerque High School is a Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction and Unna Valdez from Sandia High School is a Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award winner

The Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award is given each year to honor seven teachers based on their excellence in the classroom and commitment to their profession. This award has been given to New Mexico's most outstanding teachers since 1996. In addition to annually naming recipients of the Golden Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Golden Apple recognizes Teachers of Distinction who are recognized for their distinguished contribution to education and are asked to participate in Golden Apple programs.  Nominations are collected from teachers, students, administrators, parents, and our community to create a pool of worthy candidates for this prestigious award.  This year there were more than 80 nominations.  After a comprehensive process that includes a full-day evaluation visit to the school, finalists are chosen.  Congratulations to Michael Nair from Albuquerque High School for Being Named a Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction and Unna Valdez from Sandia High School for Receiving a Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award!