Thursday morning briefing: Top teacher, the Portales band and Billy the Kid

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Top teacher Adam Quintero, a Clovis native, has been accepted to the Teach for America 2011 corps. Teach For America says it is national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Website […]

New principal at Mesa Elementary

CNJ staff Julie Howell has accepted the position of Principal at Mesa Elementary School. Howell, an instructional coach at Cameo Elementary since 2008, will begin her new position July 21. Prior to her position at Cameo, she was a teacher at Parkview and Lockwood elementary schools, and was a student teacher in 1994 at Sandia […]

Texico ag teacher recognized by NMSU

Texico agriculture teacher Tod Pinnell was recognized as the Outstanding Agriculture Teacher of the year by New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. An NMSU alumnus, Pinnell has trained 24 state championship teams in areas including parliamentary law, livestock evaluation, entomology and dairy evaluation. His students have won the Production Sweepstakes […]

Camp fosters invention

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jack Green, 10, left, 9-year-old Spencer Biagini, center, and 9-year-old Abby Barela work together using objects in two shapes to build a structure. The class learned how different types of molecules combine to create matter. Liliana Castillo Camp Invention returned to Clovis for the third year this summer. The week-long […]

Our people: Former ENMU math professor Vern Witten said his favorite smell is fresh baked bread

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Liliana Castillo Freedom New Mexico Vern Witten sits in a special chair in his Portales home. His grandfather came in from working one day and sat in the chair to rest and died. Portales resident Vern Witten is the oldest of four and was milking cows and working in the field by the age of […]

Students return to teach at schools they graduated from

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Liliana Castillo Curry County teachers who have returned to their alma mater say there is a special bond between them and the community because of their history. Marshall Middle School life science teacher and coach Darren Williams has been a teacher for 12 years and has taught at Clovis Municipal Schools for the duration. “I […]

Ranchvale purchases document cameras

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ranchvale third-grader Ryan Perkins, 8, labels Earth and Venus Thursday on a diagram of the solar system under the document camera in Trinity Watt’s classroom. Liliana Castillo Ranchvale Elementary School spent money raised by its fall fundraiser to purchase document cameras for each classroom. Document cameras are a new, higher […]

Friday morning briefing: Scholarships and snow

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Free money The state Higher Education Department is seeking applications for the No Child Left Behind Title II Improving Teacher Quality grants. The program aims to help shape state and local activities to improve teacher quality and to increase the number of highly qualified […]

Students honor veterans with art

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Marshall seventh grader Angela Pastirchak adds antlers to her reindeer Wednesday during art class. Suzan Lundy’s art classes made Christmas decorations for veterans at the Veterans Clinic. Liliana Castillo Marshall Middle School students are using art to honor veterans during the holidays. Marshall art teacher Suzan Lundy’s art classes made […]

Retired teacher stays active in city

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Joyce Pollard was born in Texas but moved to Clovis when she was 16. Longtime Clovis resident Joyce Pollard is best known for her work on the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission in Clovis but she has also served on several other committees in the community. She was instrumental in […]