They just sat down, but teacher Albino Garcia III brought an entire room full of people at the Embassy Suite Hotel to their feet once again.
Garcia, who teaches Lakota language and is dean of culture at the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, was one of seven middle school teachers being recognized by the Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico on April 10.
He was the first Golden Apple Fellow to receive his award at a recent luncheon for the winners. After accepting the award, Garcia sang a song in Lakota that he said was about giving thanks. The entire room gave him a standing ovation when he was finished.
Garcia’s student Andrew Hollow Horn presented the award, saying the teacher had “taught him about who he was and showed me how to be proud of who I am.”