ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mandi Torrez, a third-grade teacher at Placitas Elementary School, is the 2020 New Mexico Teacher of the Year.
State Public Education Department secretary-designate Ryan Stewart surprised Torrez with the award in front of students and colleagues.
“Ms. Torrez represents the direction education is taking in New Mexico,” Stewart said in a statement. “She is an educator focused on cultural responsiveness, inclusivity and equity.”
As teacher of the year, Torrez gets a one-year paid sabbatical, which is a first this year, and up to $10,000 in professional development. Torrez will be in the running for the National Teacher of the Year, too.
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