Blythe Turner grew up in Clovis with two teachers as parents.
When she went to college, she decided to follow in her parents footsteps and become a teacher.
Seven years later, Turner was named teacher of the year by the New Mexico Public Education Department.
Surprise!: When I found out I won, it was a complete surprise. After I had been nominated, they told us they’d name a winner in August or September. So when October came, I assumed I didn’t win and was glad I was just nominated. I found out I won in mid-October and I was excited and surprised. It was certainly unexpected.
Family biz: Growing up, my mother was a teacher and my father was a business professor. It was kind of what I grew up around. I would go to school with them and played school at home. When I went to college, there were so many options, but it just came down to this is what I’ve always loved and what I want to do. I’ve been a second grade bilingual teacher at Rio Rancho Elementary School for seven years.
Second’s the best: I really like second grade. Occasionally, I think about moving up, getting some new experience. But in second grade, it’s such a great age. They’re becoming independent but they’re still so innocent. They’re learning new things and having new experiences so they’re a lot of fun.
Home away from home: It’s nice to be here in Rio Rancho with more things to do like the museum and such. But when I go home people are friendly and respectful more consistently and it’s home. I enjoy going back several times a year and I always go back for the holidays. Most of my family is still in Clovis. That’s where my heart is.
The kids have it: The kids are my favorite thing about being a teacher. I love that it’s different every day. Every morning I go in and it’s a different experience. Being a teacher doesn’t have the monotony of some jobs. The kids keep it fun and entertaining and welcoming.
— Compiled by Liliana Castillo