ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Wells Fargo & Co. recently hosted some of New Mexico’s most innovative teachers for a celebration of the company’s and Golden Apple Foundation Teacher Partner Program.
This year’s program is awarding nearly $50,000 to 25 New Mexico teachers in public, private and charter schools, pre-K through 12th grade, for their efforts in classroom instruction, organizers said in a news release.
The program is a partnership between Wells Fargo, which provides the money, and Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico, a nonprofit focused on improving education statewide.
Checks were presented directly to the teachers at the event, which was held at the Wells Fargo building in downtown Albuquerque.
“This grant program is very dear to our hearts at Wells Fargo,” said Community Relations VP Jennifer Riordan. “We’re honored to work with Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico to identify and support the teachers doing such important work in their classrooms.”
Brian O’Connell, executive director of Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico, said the best teachers bring an entrepreneurial spirit to their classrooms and schools, and this program recognizes exactly those kind of teachers in New Mexico.
Since the Teacher Partner Program was first established in 2009, Golden Apple Foundation and Wells Fargo have delivered more than $373,000 via 242 grants to classrooms across the state. More than 33,000 students have been served by grants from this program, organizers said.
The teachers receiving grants were:
Stephanie Daffron, Rancho de Taos, Taos Municipal Charter School
Danielle Plomaritas, Rio Rancho, The ASK Academy
Mary Fox, Albuquerque, The International School at Mesa del Sol
Christina Williams, Albuquerque, Mountain Mahogany Community School
Kiersten Jacoby, Gallup, Gallup High School
Rick Sleeter, Albuquerque, Eldorado High School
Sabrina Zamora, Las Cruces, Oñate High School
John Turrietta, Rio Rancho, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary
Erin Zarko, Aztec, Vista Nueva High School
Adela Prieto, Hobbs, Will Rogers Elementary School
Theresa Rodriguez, Sandia Park, San Antonito
Gerrit VanEvery, Questa, Roots and Wings Community School
Jacob Walters, Gallup, Washington Elementary School
Amy Rydecki, Las Cruces, Highland Elementary School
Kathy Coleman, Bloomfield, Bloomfield High School
Laurel Ann Lane, Albuquerque, Taylor Middle School
Alanna Purdy, Gallup, Six Directions Indigenous School
Deborah Davidsen, Elida, Elida High School
Laura Wheatley, Tijeras, Roosevelt A. Montoya School
Alyse Roe, Sheepspring, Naschitti Elementary
Jennifer Novicki, Albuquerque, Taft Middle School
Michael Hatcher, Santa Fe, Academy for Technology and the Classics Charter School
Harry Phillips, Santa Fe, Turquoise Trail Charter
Christina Morrison, Albuquerque, Apache Elementary School
Dianne Torres, Rio Rancho, Mountain View Middle School