August 9, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Charmaine Jackson-John
Public Information Officer
(505) 476-0393

Public Education Department Announces N.M. History Teacher of the Year

Santa Fe— The Public Education Department today awarded history teacher Jim Smith, the “Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award,” during a recognition ceremony held at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, N.M.

He received a $1,000 honorarium, a certificate of recognition, and an archive of history books donated in his honor to Mayfield High School Library.

Secretary of Education Veronica C. García commended Mr. Smith today, “I am very proud of Mr. Smith, he represents the best of the best that New Mexico has to offer. His dedication is commendable.”

On January 15, 2004, First Lady Laura Bush announced the creation of a new Preserve America History Teacher of the Year award. Preserve America and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History co-sponsored the prestigious honor.

The award was designed to promote, celebrate, encourage and honor the teaching history in America’s classrooms. It was established to honor outstanding teachers of American history across the country.

A national winner will be selected this fall, from among the state honorees, and recognized as the National Preserve America History Teacher of the Year, for the 2004-2005 school year.