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Posted: December 7, 2021

STEM Learning Supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NM

The longtime APS Education Foundation partner provided more than $13,500 for six STEM programs and projects through classroom and grade-level learning awards.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) has been an ongoing partner and supporter of educators and students in Albuquerque Public Schools for years.  In fact, they were recognized by the APS Education Foundation in 2019 as their Outstanding Corporate Partner. 

After over a year of remote learning, teachers across the district were eager to engage students in their classrooms with innovative STEM programs and projects.  After an extensive review process, six schools were selected to receive Classroom & Grade Level Learning Awards with a STEM focus during the APS Education Foundation’s fall grant cycle.  Looking at the approved projects, BCBSNM stepped in to fund all six, an investment of $13,516.

This funding allows the Foundation to continue to open grant opportunities to educators across the district each year.  Without the support of corporate partners like BCBSNM, so many more innovative projects with the potential to change the classroom experience would not be brought to life. 

“As an employer of STEM professionals, it’s especially important that we invest in programs that encourage young people in our communities to engage in STEM fields,” said Janice Torrez, BCBSNM president. “Albuquerque Public Schools’ STEM initiatives inspire students to pursue their education while setting the stage for a diverse and inclusive workforce for generations to come.”

BCBSNM has again shown their belief in APS teachers who develop programs and projects tailored to the needs and interests of the students they serve each and every day.  This year’s teachers who will be implementing APS Education Foundation grants made possible by BCBSNM include Andy Young of Marie M. Hughes Elementary School, Laurie Boyce of Jefferson Middle School, Karen Romero of Osuna Elementary School, Susan Schipull of Wilson Middle School, Louise Menking and Mary Hoover of Harrison Middle School and Manuel Ramos of Lavaland Elementary School.  Together, their programs and projects showcase a diverse approach to STEM education, from outdoor learning to computer science and so much more!