James teacher honored with annual award

Tony Parra For the second year in a row, a James Elementary teacher has won the Newspapers In Education Teacher of the Year Award. Alfreda Sigala, a second-grade bilingual teacher at James Elementary School, won the award for the Portales area. Sigala said she has been working as a James Elementary teacher for four years. […]

Senator Kernan wants to reform education

Michelle Sebber By Michelle Seeber Freedom Newspapers Michelle_Seeber@link.freedom.com Sen. Gay G. Kernan, R-Hobbs, is a school teacher who favors higher pay for teachers. But she disagrees with one provision of new legislation aimed at achieving that goal. Kernan was in Clovis and Portales on Monday, announcing her plans to seek election to the District 42 […]

Texico teacher to run for District 9 seat

Freedom Newspapers A high school teacher from Texico, Dennis J. Roch, has announced his candidacy for the District 9 seat on the Public Education Commission. The new board replaces what was previously known as the State Board of Education. The Public Education Commission was formed in September after voters approved Constitutional Amendment 1 in a […]

Tafoya devotes life to teaching

Helena Rodriguez Dr. Candido Tafoya has been a teacher for more than four decades, mostly teaching Spanish. He began his career as a school teacher in Santa Rosa. He also taught at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and then became a professor at Eastern New Mexico University in 1970. He retired from ENMU in […]

Music teacher in tune with music world

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By Helena Rodriguez Connie Sunday may be new to Portales, but the professional musician and teacher is making herself known in both local and national music circles. Not only has she developed a roster of private students since she moved here from Albuquerque four months ago, but she is also mentioned twice in the September […]

There’s a flip side to recalling good old days

Bob Huber As a card-carrying member of the Old Geezer Party, I take great pleasure chewing the fat with contemporaries over tales of bygone school days — you know, back when teachers were mean, ugly, stupid dinosaurs, and all the kids were brilliant scholars. “Do you remember that goofy old Miz Gluttenflugger? One time she […]

Dora School News

Charlie Carmichael New Staff The new special education teacher is Goldie Rains and the aide is Laurie Perry. Mrs. Tulle is returning as the music-drama teacher this year. The new Librarian is Patsy Ward. There will be some change in the school board soon since there have been some families leaving our midst. There will […]

Memories fill the pages of our lives

By Joan Clayton A decision to refurbish my antique trunk revealed a personality trait in me. I’m a “keeper.” Cards of all kinds, love notes, newspaper clippings, fair ribbons, photo albums … you name it and I had it in my trunk. Looking through all the stuff and the “remember whens … ” I thought, […]

Personalities Plus — Connie Pugh

Connie Pugh is a second-grade teacher and also works at Southwest Books and Gifts. What is your idea of a perfect day? “It would bring all of my assigned children to class with homework done, no troubles on their mind and ready to learn. This would include having a pencil — a sharp one. We […]

Melrose teacher honored, humbled by award

By Gary Mitchell Although Melrose math teacher Lisa Graham didn’t feel “worthy” of her recent Golden Apple Award, her colleagues and peers did. Earlier this month, Graham was one of seven teachers presented with the 2003 award at the “Tribute to Teachers” recognition dinner in Albuquerque. The annual award is presented to teachers who represent […]

Teacher, student relationships ones to cherish

By Joan Clayton “Los ninos son como los pajaritos … tu ensenas volar … cuando ellos aprenden, estan listos y vuelan!” A mother of one of my students spoke these inspiring words in Spanish to me on Parent Conference Day. We were discussing the end of school and how quickly the year had passed. “The […]