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There’s no ‘i’ in education — no, really

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Underneath Ryan Stewart’s name on his state Public Education Department business card is his title: “Secretary of Educaton.”

Wait. Educaton? Where did the “i” go?

Typos happen to the best of us, including this reporter.

After realizing the error, Nancy Martira, spokeswoman for the department, admitted it’s embarrassing and, in hindsight, she said, she should have checked the cards, since she is the director of communications.

“If there is a lesson for New Mexico students here: I’d say when you make a mistake, acknowledge it, correct it and move on. We’ll be getting rid of the cards with the misspelling, but I plan to keep one on my desk as a reminder to triple-check everything before it goes out the door,” she told the Journal.

STEM DOLLARS: Teachers across the country were recently given money for STEM equipment, and three teachers in New Mexico were among them.

This month, the Society for Science and the Public said it’s awarding a total of $100,000 to 28 middle and high school science teachers.

Steven Kaestner, a teacher at Albuquerque’s Jefferson Middle School, was given a $3,500 grant, which he is planning to use for coding supplies.

Kandas Gonzalez, a teacher at Milan Elementary School, and Alicia Stevens, of Alta Vista Early College High School in Anthony, were also winners, according to a news release.

RALLY FOR READING: Second-graders at Hodgin Elementary School recently got some new books and school supplies as part of an annual reading rally to promote literacy.

The Albuquerque chapter of nonprofit Executive Women International hosted and sponsored the event, which had 90 second-grade participants, according to Sharon Hoover Thorpe, co-chairwoman of the rally.

Hoover Thorpe said the group has been hosting reading rallies since around 1978 and they’ve been at Hodgin for at least 14 years.

University of New Mexico baseball players read to the students and emphasized the importance of literacy.

As part of the rally, three second-grade teachers were given gift cards, too.


Shelby Perea: sperea@abqjournal.com

 

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