Outstanding Educator Award Program

Has Someone at Your School Made a Difference for Your Child?
Posted on 05/28/2018

Drawing of students in classroomRio Rancho Public Schools and the law firm of Sanchez & Pinon are excited to announce that once again this year, they will give parents and students the opportunity to recognize an outstanding teacher or staff member who has made a difference.  

The law firm of Sanchez and Piñon sponsors the recognition program, which this year is being renamed the Outstanding Educator Program.  A nomination form and information will be posted on this website in October.  Watch for it!

Last year, hundreds of dedicated, creative teachers were nominated by parents, students, and colleagues.  The 2017-18 recipients are:    

  • Shining Stars Preschool: Mary Cunningham
  • Cielo Azul Elementary: Ryalin Hughes
  • Colinas del Norte Elementary: Audra Allen
  • Enchanted Hills Elementary: Tammy Sunstrom
  • Ernest Stapleton Elementary: Karen Curley
  • Maggie Cordova Elementary: Ben Steiner 
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary: Katilin Kleist
  • Puesta del Sol Elementary: Charmaine Salazar
  • Rio Rancho Elementary: Jenny Salgado
  • Sandia Vista Elementary: Charles Brenden
  • Vista Grande Elementary: Susie Knox
  • Eagle Ridge Middle School: Shana Speicher
  • Lincoln Middle School: Ashley Gomez
  • Mountain View Middle School: Karin Beech-Pond
  • Rio Rancho Middle School: Andrew Vela
  • Cleveland High School: Azure Dorsey
  • Independence High School: Amy Guzie
  • Rio Rancho Cyber Academy: Patty Wormington
  • Rio Rancho High School: Gael Natal

The winners for each school are selected by the program sponsors aided by a committee of school and district leaders.  Each teacher selected is surprised with a plaque and prize and is invited to attend a special district-wide end-of-year celebration honoring all of the appreciation award winners for that year.  

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A big THANK YOU to our sponsors of this program—the law firm of Sanchez and Pinon, Rio Rancho's Injury Attorneys.