(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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Coffee Break With Julia Burrola

Family support is really important for student success. I know parents are very busy. It is always great when parents can read at home or ask math questions in the car. However, the best way they can support is simply by bringing their students to school everyday. Attendance is a big factor in student success.

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Coffee Break With New Mexico Teacher of the Year Ivonne Orozco

I absolutely love the beginning of the school year. I like to prepare by cleaning my classroom and making sure my bulletin boards are blank and ready for students to post their best work. I love working in my classroom with the anticipation of the school year ahead. There is a smell that school has in August.

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