New Mexico

Public Education Department

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501-2786

Dr. Veronica C. Garc

Secretary of Education

Jennifer Chavez

Public Information Officer




For Immediate Release: January 18, 2006


New Mexico Teachers Recognized for Outstanding Teaching Innovation
Four Science and Mathematics Teachers from Albuquerque Schools
Selected as 2005 Presidential Award Finalists

Santa Fe — The State of New Mexico’s Public Education Department (PED) is pleased to announce that four science and math teachers from Albuquerque Public Schools were selected as 2005 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Finalists. These awards are the nation’s highest honor for k-12 teaching in these fields. Established by Congress in 1983, and administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation, the Presidential Awards allow for each state to select up to three math and three science teachers as state finalists. From this field of state finalists, a maximum of 108 Presidential Awardees are selected representing the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. Recipients of the 2005 Presidential Awards will be announced during a week of celebration events in March 2006 in Washington, DC. Nationwide, there are 253 state finalists for the Presidential Award this year.

Secretary of Education, Dr. Veronica C. García remarked, “I am extremely proud of our state finalists. In New Mexico, due to the presence of our two national laboratories, Sandia and Los Alamos, we have a strong legacy of leading the way in the fields of math and science. These industries depend on students being adequately prepared for higher education and entry into the workforce. The teachers being recognized as finalists represent the finest examples of mathematics and science teachers and I hope their success will motivate creativity in other teachers throughout the State.”


The following teachers have been named as New Mexico’s state finalists:


As part of the recognition process, Presidential Awardees will take part in a weeklong series of networking and professional development activities in Washington, DC. In addition, each Awardee will also receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation. For more information about PAEMST, se forms and instructions available at


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