Lists: Clovis Municipal Schools retirees

CNJ staff The following Clovis Municipal Schools teachers and staff are retiring at the end of the school year: Bertha Acy, custodian, Clovis High School, 16 years Debby Baker, literacy teacher, Yucca Junior High School, 21 years Janet Barnard, library educational assistant, Bella Vista Arts Academy, 27 years Viola Chavez, educational assistant, La Casita Elementary, […]

Educator of year uses newspaper as teaching tool

CNJ staff Gattis Junior High School teacher Dennis Padilla has been chosen as the Clovis News Journal Newspapers in Education teacher of the year. “I’m ecstatic about being chosen,” Padilla said, “but at the same time I’m humbled because there were so many others who were deserving.” Nominated by their principals, the teacher of the […]

Education Digest: Wal-Mart honors teacher of the year

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Doug Schwartz, a Mesa Elementary School teacher, is one of several New Mexico teachers honored by Wal-Mart as a teacher of the year, according to a Wal-Mart news release. He receives a $1,000 grant for the school and $100 gift card to buy classroom supplies. One teacher has been […]

Gattis celebrates 50 years of the 3 R’s

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Twyla Coleman has taught English at Gattis Junior High School for 20 years. Coleman also did her student teaching there and attended the school from 1974 to 1976. By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Jerry Bailey remembers being a pint-sized freshman who developed his first schoolboy crush on his music […]

Engagement

Watley-Igo Andy and Sheila Watley of Gruver, Texas, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Janae Watley of Levelland, Texas, to Kyle Igo of Levelland, son of Tony and Jo Igo of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows June 2, 2007, at Gruver United Methodist Church. The bride-elect is a 2004 graduate of […]

Teacher rewarded for exceptional instruction

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis teacher who aims to bring history to life has been honored by the New Mexico Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mike Rutledge has been named the New Mexico Citizenship Teacher of the Year for grades nine through 12 by the state veterans organization. He teaches social studies and […]

School realignment up to board

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Gattis Junior High School was revealed Tuesday as the proposed site for a ninth grade center in Clovis. The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will vote Jan. 23 on the proposal to establish the center and two junior high schools at Marshall and Yucca for seventh- and eighth-graders. […]

Teacher of year helps kids grow

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Melissa Romero of Lockwood Elementary School in Clovis gives her kindergarten class a lesson in patterns while KayDee Wallace watches. Romero was named Clovis’ Teacher of the Year. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Melissa Romero, a kindergarten teacher at Lockwood Elementary School, was recently named the 2006 Clovis Teacher […]

Clovis High choir teacher honored

CNJ Staff Clovis High School Choir Director Brian Uerling has been named the New Mexico Music Educator of the Year, according to a press release from Clovis Municipal Schools. Uerling is the sixth Clovis teacher to win the award since the 1960s, according to school officials. “Mr. Uerling has that rare ability to help students […]

Anniversary

Inman Marlon and Karolene Inman of Farwell celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 7, 2006, at their home. The couple were married Sept. 7, 1956, in Muleshoe, Texas. They have two children and three grandchildren. He is a retired farmer and she is a retired teacher.

New instructor wants students to have say in class’ direction

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer A hands-on learning environment is what Gwyn Del Toro hopes to create in her fourth-grade classroom. A first-time teacher, Del Toro is beginning her career at James Bickley Elementary. “I’m excited but nervous,” she said. The new teacher is hoping for a school year full of learning and fun. […]

Teacher looks forward to new challenge

By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Sandy Belden will be a new kindergarten teacher at Brown Early Development Center in Portales this upcoming school year. Having taught first grade at La Casita Elementary School in Clovis for the past two years, Belden said she is looking forward to teaching at Brown. She and her family live […]

Liberal ‘culture capture’ must be undone

Mona Charen: syndicated columnist A parent from Plymouth, N.Y., has sent along another example of liberals gone wild. Fishing through her son’s backpack (he’s a ninth grader), she found a crumpled up handout from the health teacher. The title caught her attention: “Dysfunctional ‘Family Rules.’” The handout is reproduced below with punctuation, grammar and capitalization […]

NIE honors Clovis special ed teacher

CNJ staff A stack of newspapers greets Tonnette Carpenter and her students twice a week. Horoscopes, comics, and sports immediately grab the attention of the students. But Carpenter directs her pupils to local and national articles, using words printed on the page as a learning tool. “The more one reads, the better reading skills become,” […]

Hopefuls in search of jobs at ENMU teacher fair

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — With her husband stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, Heather Alvarez attended a teacher fair Tuesday at Eastern New Mexico University hoping to find a job in the Portales-Clovis area. The good news is the Clovis and Portales school districts are looking for teachers. “I want to stay […]

Student profile: Rachelle Urban

Rachelle Urban is a senior at the Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Christine Martinez. What is your theme song? “Brown-eyed Girl.” What do you envision your life being like in 10 years? I hope to be a teacher and have a family started. What is your greatest fear? To be buried alive. […]

Preaching has no place in classroom

By Walter Williams: CNJ syndicated columnist Several weeks ago, I wrote about Overland High School teacher Jay Bennish’s indoctrination of his geography class. In commenting on President Bush’s State of the Union address, he told his 10th-graders: • “Sounds a lot like the things Adolf Hitler used to say.” • “Bush is threatening the whole […]

Web allows parents to track students

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The Clovis High School Web site informs students of activities, upcoming events and teacher profiles. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers It used to be that parents would have to wait for a report card to find out how their children were doing in school. Not anymore, not with the Internet at […]

Four Clovis teachers earn top honor

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Four Clovis teachers who achieved National Board Certification were honored at a Tuesday school board meeting in front of friends, family, and school administration It is the highest credential any professional teacher can obtain. And each of the four teachers did so on their first attempt, according to Jimmy […]

12/1 Education Digest

Teacher appointed to committee A language arts and math teacher from Texico was appointed in mid-November to the Governmental Affairs Committee of the National Association of State Boards of Education, according to a New Mexico Public Education Department news release. Dennis Roch, elected in 2004 to a four-year term on the Public Education Commission, was […]