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Posted: April 30, 2019

Thanks New Mexico United!

APS teachers, staff, families and friends took part in APS Appreciation Night hosted by the state's new professional soccer team.

Many of them wore custom t-shirts that celebrate the newly minted partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools and New Mexico United. 

Several APS teachers and administrators took part in pre-game activities. Superintendent Raquel Reedy, donning number 77 for the year she started as an APS teacher, delivered the game ball. APS Board of Education President Dr. David Peercy handled the coin toss.

APS music teachers sang the national anthem.

Several honored APS teachers walked out with the players including teachers of the month, those recognized recently by Albuquerque the Magazine as teachers who go Above and Beyond, Golden Apple winners, athletic directors, and activities directors.

Two of the longest serving employees for APS, John Gonzales, and Pete Pino, took part in the first kick. Gonzales, a special education teacher at Eldorado High School, is the longest-serving APS teacher at 41 years.

Coach Pino, who started as a teacher with APS in 1971, is the longest serving APS employee. He has been an athletic director for 24 years and served for many years as the voice of APS football at Milne and Wilson stadiums.

“New Mexico United has already proven to be a great APS partner. Their players, including several who attended APS schools, have been visiting our schools, sharing their stories with our students, inspiring young people to dare to dream and strive for their goals,” said Superintendent Reedy. “We look forward to many, many years of working with this fantastic organization on making Albuquerque and New Mexico an even better place to live, learn and play.”