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It’s easy to look at New Mexico (and northern New Mexico in particular) and point out what is wrong with it.
In pointing out the flaws, we fail to nurture the successes and build upon them, and we fail to recognize the many individuals and organizations that have made dedicated efforts to change the status quo. Looking back almost 40 years, there are many teachers in our community of Española who have nurtured us and guided us, but few have had the impact of Mr. Robert Felix, retired teacher and band director at Española Valley High School (EVHS).
Several of us were fortunate to have spent six years under his direction, as he transitioned from Española Junior High School to Española High School in 1973, and on to EVHS when EHS and Santa Cruz High School merged in 1975. We’d like to share some of these experiences that changed our futures, and helped us to be successful in our careers and lives.