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Teacher of the Month Jim Doorn, La Cueva High School

Posted February 26, 2017, 1:15 PM. Updated November 8, 2018, 3:52 PM.

Pepsi and the APS Education Foundation recognize some of our outstanding teachers.

With over 25 years experience in engineering and design, it was teaching that Jim Doorn missed during his years working for Sandia National Labs. So, he returned to La Cueva High School to inspire a new generation in the architectural and design field.

"I just have a passion for trying and get the kids excited about a technical field,"  Doorn said, "a field that is either in architecture or engineering because there are jobs out there in a technical world."

Jim Doorn is the Pepsi/APS Education Foundation’s Teacher of the Month for February. Pepsi and the APS Education Foundation have partnered for the past seven years to recognize a few of the district’s outstanding teachers for their contributions to the classroom, school, and community.  This year, Flying Star Café is also recognizing our teachers by donating a gift card.

The Foundation randomly selects one APS school each month, and that school’s principal or staff chooses a teacher to be honored. The teacher receives a $100 check from Pepsi, a $50 gift card from Flying Star Café and acknowledgment on the APS website, Facebook page and electronic billboards.

They receive a small token of appreciation but represent the many outstanding teachers in Albuquerque Public Schools.

Meet Jim Doorn: