In Tribute: Former teacher ran a saloon, loved to ski

by David Irvin He taught a middle-school social studies class, later ran a saloon and loved to take his family water and snow skiing. His daughter said she was the first person in Clovis to ride a skateboard — thanks to her father, handyman James Cicero Avery. A North Carolina native, Avery was hired by […]

More students schooled at home

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Home schooling was an easy choice for Stephanie Proctor. About 10 years ago, she and husband Philip lived in Houston and their oldest son Matthew had just finished fourth grade. Stephanie said she didn’t like what she saw at her son’s middle school —no doors on the bathroom stalls […]

Local teachers focus on children

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Bella Vista Elementary teacher Melissa Romero helps kindergartner Elizabeth Brown in the computer lab Wednesday at the school. This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week throughout the country. Tuesday was National Teacher Day. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week throughout the country and Tuesday was National […]

Academy’s artistic teaching recognized

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Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy second graders practice their 1551 medieval dance Wednesday on the playground at the school. The second graders, who will perform the dance Friday morning, are studying Shakespeare. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The school walls are busier than those of a college dorm room. Glitter, […]

Underacheivers a result of poor teaching

Walter Williams What passes for educational enlightenment these days boggles the mind. Matt Gouras, of The Associated Press, writing in the Jan. 5 Seattle Times, tells a story about Tennessee schools. The success of some students has made other students feel badly about themselves. What’re the schools’ responses? Public schools in Nashville have stopped posting […]

Four teachers named employees of the month

By CNJ STAFF Four Clovis School District employees from two schools were honored as employees of the month at Tuesday’s board meeting. Kindergarten teacher Robyn Ericson has taught 14 years at Mesa Elementary, she said at the meeting. “I love teaching kindergarten,” Ericson said. “You are expecting one thing but they give you something 10 […]

Education Briefs 2/26

CCC selects four for teaching awards The Clovis Community College faculty selected four people for the 2004 National Institute for Staff and Organization Development Teaching Excellence Awards. The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development emphasizes the importance of teaching excellence in an open-door setting. The 2004 awards recipients, according to a college news release, […]

Material things don’t fulfill spiritual needs

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist t is clear to me that many times we work the very hardest in life to gain those things that we cannot keep. When we first married, Charlie and I had no television set of our own so we borrowed a little black-and-white TV to watch all our favorite shows. […]

To rewrite Bible is to spread deception

By Shirley Rollinson I read with interest your articles on the courses on homosexuality offered by the Llano Estacado Church in Portales (CNJ Jan. 2). To present the biased view that Christianity is a repressive, anti-feminine, anti-homosexual man-made program — as seems to be the teaching of the leaders of the Llano Estacado Church — […]

Writing offers inspiration for former teacher

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Joan Clayton’s book, “Each Day is a Gift,” is available at Southwest Books and More in Portales and Master’s Books and Gifts in Clovis. Photo by Lisa Sonnenschein. By Gary Mitchell When Joan Clayton retired from teaching school several years ago, she felt her days of usefulness were all but over. How wrong she was. […]

Roanhaus to retire as teacher

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By Gary Mitchell Clovis’ legendary football coach will retire his history and government books, but will continue to hang onto his whistle. Clovis School Board members gave approval Tuesday to accept head football coach Eric Roanhaus’s retirement request. In the same action, they approved the personnel department’s request to hire him as a contract head […]

Long road, well-traveled

By Gary Mitchell Talk about being true to your school. Two Clovis school employees — a special education teacher at Marshall Junior High and a teaching assistant at La Casita Elementary — have spent more than a third of a century teaching in their respective schools. Pat Bass, 63, will retire from Clovis schools this […]