Farmington teacher honored for teaching excellence

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — A Farmington teacher was among seven educators in the state this year to earn a Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Seven high school teachers in the state were given this year’s award, according to a press release from the Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico.

Farmington High School English teacher Stephanie Jaquez was among this year’s winners.

The seven winners will receive a cash stipend and $4,000 to use for professional development. They will also be honored at a luncheon April 7 in Albuquerque.

More than 100 teachers from 22 communities in the state were nominated for this year’s award.

Those teachers completed applications to describe several topics, including their teaching methodology, professional development and teaching philosophy, the press release states.

A committee completed site visits to each of the 16 finalist’s schools, observing the teacher and interviewing co-workers, parents and students.

"One of the great lessons of this process is that excellent teaching is happening everywhere in New Mexico," said Brian O’Connell, executive director of the Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico, in a prepared statement. "There are many more amazing teachers in our state than people commonly understand.  Having said that, these Golden Apple recipients and Teachers of Distinction are truly exceptional."

Middle school teachers can be nominated for the 2018 award at