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Posted: May 18, 2022

Del Norte History Teacher Recognized as Outstanding

Karen Dziurzynski Cox was named the state's Outstanding American History Teacher by the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution of New Mexico.

Karen is automatically entered into the organization's national competition culminating in recognition at the Washington, D.C. conference this summer.

Karen is a James Madison Senior Fellow (a prestigious Congressional Fellowship) and earned the right to the title "Constitutional Teacher-Scholar" when she completed her second master's degree in American History and Government at Ashland University in Ohio.

She was raised in Albuquerque and attended APS schools. Karen received her bachelor's degree at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., and her first master's from UNM. She recently taught a Master-Teacher seminar with the Society of the Cincinnati's American Revolution Institute regarding the American Revolutionary War hero Kosciouszko.

Karen recently acquired membership in DAR through a Spanish conquistador ancestor who helped fund the American War of Independence.

Karen has been teaching history and social studies courses for about 20 years. She is married to fellow educator Patrick J. Cox, who teaches music at Manzano HS. Their son, Sage, teaches at Bernalillo High School. Their daughter, Georgiana, and son-in-law, Adam Bowers, are a nurse at Presbyterian Hospital and a computer engineer at Sandia Labs, respectively.

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