Our people: Teacher of the Year

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Bio Name: Drew Hatley Birthday: September 20, 1984 Hometown: Clovis Profession: Assistant baseball coach, football coach and World History teacher Family: My wife Christal and I have been married for three years. We don’t have kids but we have a golden retriever named Allie Gator.

Fifth-grade teacher wins award

By Linda Long: PNT Correspondent Becky Duran, a fifth-grade teacher at Valencia Elementary School, has received the Newspapers in Education Teacher of the Year Award. She received the award last week. Valencia Principal Michael Terry recommended Duran for the award. “I recommended her in about February or March,” Terry said. ““Ms. Duran works with students […]

Dora school news — May 4

Child find Patty Mohon, preschool teacher, has scheduled May 11 for the annual “Child Find” screening for developmental delays. Parents who wish to register their child for preschool or kindergarten for the fall 2010 semester are invited to come anytime from 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Bring your child’s birth certificate, shot record and Social […]

Dora school news — April 27

Earth Day Lana Powell, science teacher, and her classes showed their willingness to improve their surroundings by picking up 83 bags of trash Thursday. The students cleaned up the area around the school as a special project for Earth Day. Sports • Wednesday – Track meet for grades 4-6 in Elida • Thursday – Baseball […]

Steiner teacher wins Golden Apple Award

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By Zuo Yang: PNT staff writer Portales has another Golden Apple Teacher. Marea Smith, a first-grade teacher at Steiner Elementary School, has won the 2010 Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching. She learned of her selection March 3, and is scheduled to receive the award April 16 in Albuquerque. “It’s pretty exciting. I do […]

We all have teacher for life

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist A student who recognizes and remembers me is one of the many blessings in my life. Thirty-one years of teaching little ones stay indelibly imprinted in my memory. The bond between teacher and student remains. I tried to figure out one time just how many students I had taught in […]

Elida students raise money for teacher

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Elida students brought together baked goodies and good will to help a well-loved teacher recently. Elida High School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes held a baked goods auction at the Jan. 22 Dora/Elida basketball game and raised $6,400 for agriculture teacher Rod Savage. Savage was diagnosed with kidney problems about […]

It’s their job: Teacher says children most enjoyable part of job

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Caron Powers is a second-grade teacher at James Elementary School. Background: Powers grew up in Carlsbad and came to Portales to attend college at Eastern New Mexico University. After college she commuted from Portales to Morton, Texas, where she taught for one year before being hired at the Portales Municipal Schools system. She is married […]

Aug. 21, 1990

Rod Savage, vocational agriculture instructor at Portales High School, was named best agriculture teacher in New Mexico by the state Agricultural Education Teachers Association during their July 20-Aug.t 3 conference in Albuquerque, according to Portales news archives. He was presented the “Ag Teacher of the Year” plaque by Kenneth Taylor, president of the association.

Former teacher offers back to school tips

By Joan Clayton: Local columnist It’s back to school. Where did the summer go? When I pass by a school and see teachers getting ready, I wish I could do it all again. I become nostalgic when I see a school bus go by. My students have grown up and still remember me, and that […]

Getting to know: Retired teacher spends time volunteering

Isabel Zupanciz is a former Portales Municipal Schools employee who worked most of her 31 years in the system as a first-grade teacher and an elementary school counselor. Since retiring in 2002, Zupanciz has stayed busy volunteering for an array of local groups — including Habitat For Humanity, Parents Reaching Out, Ready To Learn, Meals […]

My idea of a must-see TV network

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Our eighth-grade honors English teacher had us do a daily writing. She read the papers, but never graded them. She wanted us to write to learn more about ourselves and be better writers. It was there I dreamed of a TV job and wrote, “I’ll someday own a television network, […]

Many lessons to be learned from students

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist I still have tears at the beginning of school and the ending each May. A teacher and student have a bond neither can forget. My students will always be my “babies.” With another school year ending, I am reminded of the many blessings I have received from my teaching career. […]

Feb. 24, 1947

Miss Olive C. Berry, graduate of Teacher’s College at Columbia University, gave

Teacher’s group plans program

PNT Staff Report Local members of the Phi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a teacher organization, is preparing for the Theta State president’s visit at 5:15 p.m. Monday at the Portales High School. Theta State President Nadyne Gartman visits each chapter during her two-year term. Her visit will include information about scholarships, […]

Retired teacher named new Portales city councilor

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Antonio Salguero, a cancer survivor and retired teacher, is the newest member of the Portales City Council. Salguero was sworn in Friday, replacing Jake Lopez, who resigned after winning a seat on the Roosevelt County Commission. “This is my chance, provided my health doesn’t go out or anything like […]

Dec. 21, 1960

Visiting teacher Floy Wood announced that

Local Briefs Dec. 5

ENMU hosting teacher job fair Eastern New Mexico University’s education department will host a teacher job fair Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Greyhound Arena. The public, as well as ENMU alumni and students, are invited. Participants should bring their resumes and dress professionally to interview with prospective employers from 20 school districts. […]

ENMU Faculty/Alumni Briefs

Dale Streeter, assistant professor of history, presented a paper Oct. 3 at the annual meeting of the Texas Medieval Association in Lubbock. His paper was titled “Durand de St. Porcain’s Brief Episcopate at Limoux: Conflict or Convenience.” Michael F. Shaughnessy has recently been asked to serve as a reviewer for the South African Journal of […]

PJHS News Oct. 26

Parent-teacher conferences planned The junior high faculty and staff invite parents to the parent/teacher conference Monday from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Parents may pick up their children’s report cards and visit with teachers about the student’s progress so far this year. If possible, Principal Steve Harris asks parents to come at the following times based […]