Sonny Sapien Brings the First Coffee Break of 2019

I would advise parents to always remember that they are their child’s first and most important teacher. And even when their children head off to school, the learning that they do together will never stop. This is a significantly important concept to remember because parents are the support system that students need to teach them right from wrong, to teach them that character matters, and to teach them that striving for academic success is the necessary blueprint for making a remarkable life for themselves.

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Special Educator Shari Hicks Settles the Green Chile Debate Once and for All

I want students with special needs to know that their disability doesn't define them. I want them to know that they are special because of their talents, not because of their disability. Students with disabilities need to know that their academic weaknesses are also their super powers. Many students possess problem-solving skills they have developed because of their academic challenges.

I want families to know that their children are amazing blessings who I feel honored to teach and learn from. I enjoy seeing the light go on when they understand a concept. The best feeling I get is when, on their own, my students dig deeper into a lesson and discover something that even I didn’t know before.

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Coffee Break with 2019 Golden Apple Winner Brittany Behenna Griffith

The best teachers share great ideas with each other and tweak those ideas to meet the individual needs of their students. My partner teacher has great ideas and is constantly inspiring me with her creativity, making me think and causing me to raise the bar for my students. I wouldn’t be a Golden Apple teacher if it weren’t for strong collaboration with my peers and a vision for excellence instilled by my school administrator.

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(No) Coffee Break with New Mexican Renaissance Man Joe Dan Lovato

I also owe a great deal of my who I am to my grandparents; they were critical in my upbringing. My grandfather, and “cowboy legend”, Levi Garcia didn’t have much of a formal education and worked his fingers to the bone to find great success. Although he loved what he did, and was darn good at it, he valued a formal education. He wanted his kids, grandkids, and great-grandchildren to finish school and receive the education that he never had. Since I was a young man, my grandpa would always remind me that an education would allow me to work with my mind. Though he has since passed on from this life, this is where the root of hard work was instilled into me and where the constant quest for knowledge began.

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Coffee Break with Christopher Jones: A Burqueño Seeks Impact in His Hometown

Coffee for me is equally as important to my survival as water or oxygen. The first thing I do each morning is make myself a cup of coffee. I would have to say my favorite coffee drink comes from Starbucks, especially when I can enjoy it with my girls. Mocha Frappuccino with an extra shot of espresso for me please!

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Bringing a Passion for Science to the Classroom: Coffee Break with Jessica Sanders, New Mexico's 2019 Teacher of the Year

“I wanted to be just like my role models: engaging, connected, and passionate. I wanted to do for others what these fine professionals had done for me. I wanted to open the minds of my students by creating personal connections and engaging each student as an individual person and learner.”

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Heading to Cobre, NM: Coffee Break With Edward Pena

Isn’t that what education is all about? We have to improve and stay current, because we are trying to get our kids prepared for their future. If we don’t know what is out there - and what we need to do - how can we really prepare them?

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Coffee Break With Hope Morales

As a parent, I’m excited that the mindset of my children is focused on grit. This mindset is going to help them throughout their educational career and beyond. I think of the possibilities for other children with the same mindset. As a teacher, I always loved looking at data. I’m excited about our state data and those pockets of excellence throughout our state. I am hopeful that these pockets will continue to grow. The most exciting thing of all is understanding the high standards we hold for our students and knowing that more and more students are rising each year. I know firsthand how education can be life- changing and hope to see that many more of our students have more opportunities as a result.

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