Local Employer Provides $1000 Awards For Rio Arriba County Teachers

by Staff Reporter / May 04, 2017 / comments
2016 winner Elias Alison 2nd Grade Teacher at ETS Fairview Elementary School in Espanola with his students and Ted Spain, Centerra-Los Alamos general Manager (left standing). Courtesy photo

Local Employer Provides $1000 Awards For Rio Arriba County Teachers

Staff Report

Española — A subcontractor at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has stepped forward for the second year in a row to provide $1000 awards for seven Rio Arriba County teachers. 

Centerra-Los Alamos, the protective force contractor at LANL recently provided $10,000 to the LANL Foundation to continue the Rio Arriba County Excellence in Teaching Award program.

“We are so proud to continue to recognize the teachers in the communities where many of our employees live and raise their families. Our employees have benefited from the work of these exceptional teachers, and it is so wonderful to be able to recognize them with this program,” said Ted Spain, Centerra - Los Alamos general manager.

Seven winning teachers will be selected to receive an engraved acrylic award and a $1000 check for personal use. Nominations of K-12 teachers for the 2017 awards will be accepted through an online form at lanlfoundation.org after the start of the 2017–2018 school year.

Centerra employs more than 300 professionals from throughout Northern New Mexico, including many from Rio Arriba. The award was created by Centerra leadership, in partnership with the LANL Foundation, to honor exceptional teachers and bring encouragement and support to the education profession in Rio Arriba County.

Winners of the 2016 Rio Arriba County Excellence in Teaching Award are:

  • Elias Allison, 2nd Grade Teacher at ETS Fairview Elementary School
  • Javier Arellano, 4th–6th Grade Math & Science Teacher at Ojo Caliente Elementary School
  • Yvette Bakken, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher Carlos Vigil Middle School
  • Lisa Bradley 3rd Grade Teacher at Dulce Elementary School
  • Belva Eversgerd 6th Grade Teacher at Dulce Elementary School
  • Crystal Gallegos 7th–12th English, Spanish, and Robotics Teacher at Coronado Middle & High School
  • Jeanette Martinez, 6th Grade Teacher ETS Fairview Elementary School

About the LANL Foundation (www.lanlfoundation.org.)

Since 1997, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has worked to inspire excellence in education and learning in Northern New Mexico through innovative programming, collaboration and advocacy. By investing in human potential, the Foundation’s vision is that all New Mexicans have the skills and confidence they need to be self-sufficient, lifelong learners who are engaged in their communities. Programs in early childhood, STEM inquiry education, scholarships and small grants serve Northern New Mexico communities primarily in Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties.