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 […]