Education digest — March 9

Teacher of year nominations open Clovis Municipal Schools is accepting nominations for teacher of the year and support staff of the year for 2012-2013, according to a news release from Clovis Municipal Schools central office. According to the news release: • Any Clovis Schools’ employee, parent, student or community member can make nominations. • Nomination […]

Students use art to grow as writers

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CNJ Staff Photo: Benna Sayyed Clovis Christian Elementary teacher volunteer Suzanne Brockmeier shows third and fourth grade art students techniques of picturing writing. Benna Sayyed Third and fourth grade Clovis Christian Elementary students are learning to write by making observations of their artwork. Clovis Christian art teacher Patsy Delk started “picturing writing” lessons at her […]

Press release: Clovis schools seek nominees for teacher, support staff of year

Do you know an exceptional employee at Clovis Municipal Schools that is making a positive difference in the lives of our students? Nominate that person for Clovis Schools Teacher of the Year or Support Staff of the Year for 2012-2013. Who may nominate? Anyone. Clovis Schools’ employee, parent, student, community member! Nomination forms are available […]

Retired teacher stays busy

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Courtesy photo Clovis resident Martha Hardwick taught at Grady schools for 23 years. Clovis resident Martha Hardwick grew up on her family ranch, Lee Hammond Ranch, northwest of Clovis. She lived on the ranch in the summer and in Clovis during school. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1965 and went off to college […]

Education column: District host to quality teachers

In visiting classrooms across our school district, I am continually surprised by the caliber of educators we have. One such remarkable teacher is Terry Pipkin, a science teacher at Marshall Middle School. Now in her 27th year of teaching, I had an opportunity to watch her preparing for a class and observe her interactions with […]

Religion column: Heavenly father helps bring peace to our lives

It has been years ago, but I will never forget my eighth grade math teacher. In addition to being my math teacher, she was also my homeroom teacher, so I had a double dose of her everyday. In retrospect, I can recall nothing from her class about multiplication concepts, prime number rules, negative and positives […]

Residents share teacher memories

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Terri Damron, a sixth-grade teacher at Zia Elementary in Clovis, helps student Jace Piepkorn, 12, with an assignment in an empty classroom Friday afternoon. Damron is Piepkorn’s favorite teacher because she is “always happy and really nice.” Alisa Boswell With school back in session, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask […]

Breastfeeding moms should be accommodated

Freedom New Mexico A teacher who routinely pumped breast milk during work has lost her job, leading the American Civil Liberties Union to file a notice of claim against the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen in Colorado. ACLU lawyers claim the public charter school declined to renew the contract of teacher Heather Burgbacher because she […]

Education column: Music teacher organizes art gallery

A sense of anticipation is being felt throughout the district, meaning that school is about start. Our operations department is wrapping up summer projects or reorganizing ongoing projects. Our administrative and support staff have returned, and teachers will return full-force next week to finish preparations for this fall’s students, arriving Aug. 22. We’ll continue reporting […]

Human judgment falls short of God’s perspective

I had an unusual experience several years ago. Some college teacher friends and I were attending a school conference in Boston. We were leaving Chatham on a Sunday morning and we saw a woman on the road hitchhiking. My first thought was to pass her and then I thought she might be in trouble. So […]