Olympian spends time with Clovis swim team

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Olympian Sheila Taormina gives Clovis High School freshman Caitlin Myers advice on how to move her arms Tuesday at the Aquatic Center. Liliana Castillo The Clovis High School swim team swarmed tables at the Clovis Community Center Tuesday afternoon to write thank you notes to Olympic gold medalist Sheila Taormina. […]

Education column: Float making provides teaching opportunity

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy What is it that’s so engaging about a parade? Maybe it’s that excitement and anticipation in the air. Last Friday morning that’s what was felt by those who attended the inaugural Homecoming Day Parade held by the Clovis High School Freshman Academy along Cameo Street between Purdue and 15th streets. CHSFA math teacher […]

Education digest: Clovis native joins teaching program

Clovis native joins teaching program Clovis native Jason Glikas has joined Teach for America, according to a news release from the organization. Teach for America is a national corps of top college graduates who commit to teach in urban and rural public schools in low-income communities for two years. Glikas is a 1997 graduate of […]

Teaching myths busted

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools One of my family’s favorite shows is “Mythbusters”. It’s a show where two special effects guys join forces with scientists and together they test old myths, sayings, and just about anything else. It is fun to see if something I’ve always heard about is busted or plausible. Well, without […]

Caring at core of teaching

By Clyde Davis: Freedom columnist Another school year is drawing to a close. Another crop of new graduates, preparing to enter either the world of work, the world of college, or the world of the military — in many cases, more than one of the above worlds. Another two-plus month break for educators, in the […]

Our people: Teaching soulful work

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LilianaCastillo: Freedom New Mexico Gary Mitchell keeps his references close by while teaching classes at Wayland Baptist University. • Name: Gary Mitchell • Birthday: Feb. 18, 1948 • Hometown: Clovis • Profession: Executive director and dean, Wayland Baptist University-Clovis campus • Family: Wife Judy Mitchell, daughter Mara Andrews, grandchildren Thomas Andrews and Aubrey Andrews, and […]

Education feature: Foundation funds creative, innovative teaching projects

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis teachers don’t have to cut off their creative juices just because budgets are tightening. The Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation was founded three years ago to pay for projects that can be funded outside the district’s regular budget. Becky Rowley, Clovis Community College’s executive vice president, sits on […]

Team teaching puts new spin on classroom subjects

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Courtesy photo Terry Pipkin and Tarmara Lopez’s seventh grade class staged an archeological dig at Marshall Middle School. The exercise was part of a new team teaching program. By Penny Bailey: Local columnist Have you ever attended a function or event just because you were being polite to the host or hostess, and you felt […]

Ag Sense: Dairy consortium focusing on water resources

By Robert Hagavoort: New Mexico State University The Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium (SGPDC), which was officially formed in 2007, is making huge strides this year thanks to federal and allied industry funding, as well as the indispensable support of area dairy farmers. The program, in essence, is a two-legged animal where one leg (teaching), […]

Shop instructor made life of teaching

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist It was Frank A. Foster, superintendent of Curry County schools, that woke me up to become an artist when I was only in the 6th grade in the old Claud school. I’ve said this before, but I’ve told many in my columns about Frank Foster visiting my country school and […]

Education feature: Carpentry instructor finishes 30 years of teaching

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Frank Oborny, right, helps student James Bruffett during a wood working class at Clovis Community College. After 30 years with the college, Oborny is retiring at the end of the spring semester. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The end of the Clovis Community College’s spring semester will bring an […]

Bill protects ‘controversial science’ teaching

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A measure pending in the Senate Education Committee would protect teachers who want to talk about theories of a “controversial scientific nature,” including but not limited to creationism, its sponsor said. “There’s fear that if they say the wrong thing at the wrong time with the wrong student present […]

Teaching carries over to business

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Nicole Hahn thought she was getting out of teaching after she and her husband, Richard, created Clovis Pool, Spa and Patio. But she’s learned the teaching continues when running any successful business. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Nicole Hahn only thought she was giving up teaching to run the […]

2/6 amos

lighthearted wisdom gems from the internet sammy salamander was teachingme how to surf the internet theother day boss some of what wediscovered was alarming – especially when we found the peta site – what they claim humans do to animals is beastly – but we also found some comforting sites with bible devotionals at gospelcom.net […]

Chuck wagon cook-off scheduled for Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Eddie Sandoval of Fort Worth, Texas, one of two judges at the chuck wagon competition, judges the Calk & Clark wagon from El Paso, Texas for the “Duke of the Dutch Oven” Chuck Wagon Cook-off. By Keely McDowell: Freedom New Mexico In teaching tradition, a retired educator is hoping to […]

Searching for a new challenge

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jim McDaniel, Clovis Municipal Schools assistant superintendent for personnel, is retiring. He started as a teacher in Clovis in 1969. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Jim McDaniel said teaching hasn’t changed much since he started at what was then Gattis Junior High School in 1969. He said today’s teachers […]

God silently guides us along life’s path

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist This Thanksgiving season, I am thankful for God’s provision for our future. I have seen that through all my years of teaching. Let me explain. At the beginning of my teaching career, I taught at Lincoln-Jackson Elementary School in Clovis. After our first child was born, I stayed home until […]

Christ’s people have amazing heritage

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist In a little over a week, my wife and I are heading “across the pond” to Africa for three weeks with our sons and the other missionaries at Mbale, Uganda.   My oldest brother and his family served as missionaries in Malawi, Africa, for 20 years. We’ve had up […]

In Tribute: Teacher left mark on peers, students

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer By the time Sylvia Burgett retired as a teacher, she’d taught students in kindergarten through high school for more than 40 years around the world, including more than 18 years in Texico. Burgett died July 12 at 89. Born and raised in Grady, she graduated in a class of […]

Education Feature: Patchwork project

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Patricia Thompson, 56, holds a quilt she made for a teaching class at Wayland Baptist University. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Patricia Thompson’s fascination with quilt making and the underground slave railroad earned her an A in her last class. Her quilt has also given her an opportunity to […]