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 […]

Compassionate caregiver

Cannon Connections photo by Tony Bullocks Michelle Jones provides daycare to children of Cannon Air Force Base families. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections A thickly padded floor, a brightly-colored tunnel, two small cribs and plenty of toys fill a room off the kitchen at Michelle Jones’ house. All items are necessary for Jones’ chosen profession […]

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 […]

Education Feature: Teacher paints her way into retirement

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Deanna Coffman cleans out her files as she prepares for retirement from teaching art, photography and ceramics at Clovis High School. Coffman also taught in several other school districts in New Mexico and Texas. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer When school bells rang a few weeks ago signaling the […]

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 Feature: Teacher marches to music’s beat

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Janet Barnard, a music teacher at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista, sits next to third-grader Jordan Castillo while she plays an instrument. Barnard is retiring after 27 years of teaching at Clovis elementary schools. By Wren Abbott: CNJ Correspondent Long before research demonstrated the “Mozart effect” — the relationship […]

Letters to the Editor: Senator’s lottery reform bill a winner

Many, many kudos to Senate Minority Floor Leader Stuart Ingle, who co-sponsored Senate Bill 364, the lottery-reform bill that was recently signed into law. SB 364 requires the New Mexico Lottery Authority to cut its relatively high administrative and operating costs and reallocate those savings to more full-tuition college scholarships for deserving high school students. […]

Music, teaching go hand-in-hand

By Jim Elyce Wade: Guest columnist This is part of a week-long series in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. I have certainly been blessed in my lifetime in that I have been able to combine my two great passions — teaching and music. I began taking piano lessons in […]

Education feature: Foreign exchange of ideas

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Juan Navarro teaches science at Marshall Junior High. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dan Summers: CNJ Correspondent When Juan Navarro was a child, he wanted to be an artist like his father, the Spanish painter and sculptor Vicente Navarro. “I could not draw or sculpt, though,” the younger Navarro said. The art world’s loss is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Silver anniversary time for reflection

Clyde Davis : Local Colunist I don’t usually get specifically “religious” in this space, though I flatter myself that I often get “spiritual.” However, I am approaching my 25th year anniversary of ordination to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). What is ministry? To the spiritual seeker, ministry is life, life is a journey of ministry. We […]

Fort Sumner gets coaching makeover

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Contracts for Fort Sumner basketball coaches Brian Fortner and Wes Weems will not be renewed for the 2006-07 season, school officials said Monday. Fortner coached the Vixens for three years, and Weems was the Foxes’ coach for the last two seasons. “I was floored,” Fortner said. “They told me […]

McKinley, Christina

Christina McKinley, 96, of Roswell, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at a local nursing home. She was born July 9, 1909, near Hemingford, Neb., to James C. and Marie Dorothy Blundell. She married James A. Chaulk on April 11, 1928. She spent her childhood on the family ranch and began her teaching career when she […]

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 […]

1/8 Birth, Artist of the month, Reunion

Ogilvie Ted and DeAnn Ogilvie of Corinth, Texas, are the parents of Grant Lee, a 7- pound, 3-ounce boy, born Dec. 20 at Presbyterian Hospital of Denton, Texas. He has one sister, Arden.       Grandparents are James and Sherry Curtis of Farwell and Charlotte Ogilvie of Clovis. Great-grandmother is LaNell Stancell of Muleshoe. Reunion roundup The U.S.S. […]

ENMU professor retiring after more than 37 years

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — When July rolls around, Eastern New Mexico University will look different. Thurman Elder won’t be roaming the hallways of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building with a calculator and math textbooks in hand. Elder has announced he will retire after more than 37 years of teaching math at […]

Conference seeks to educate state’s future educators

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SueB Bracksieck compares drawings with Michael Hatch of Portales High School during a communication workshop at Friday’s Future Educators of America conference at ENMU. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — There was a common theme expressed Friday and Saturday among high school students attending the 2005 Future Educators Association State […]

Teaching religion as science devalues both

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist “And the Lord did look with discontent upon the town of Dover in the province of Pennsylvania. For Dover was a wicked and prideful place and had turned its back on God. Its people had voted out school board members who tried to introduce intelligent design into schools as an […]

Retired educators reminisce at social event

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Recent and long-time retired educators reminisce over cake and punch Sunday during a social event put on by the Curry County Association of Educational Retirees at the Holiday Inn. (Staff photo: David Irvin) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Jackye Alexander hadn’t been working long in Clovis schools when she met a despondent 9-year-old student […]