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NMSU College of Education student named Outstanding Graduate Assistant

Armando Altamirano, a graduate student in the College of Education at New Mexico State University, was recently named Outstanding Graduate Assistant by NMSU?s Graduate School for his work in helping teachers from several Latin American countries.



Armando Altamirano, a graduate student in the College of Education at New Mexico State University, was recently named Outstanding Graduate Assistant by NMSU?s Graduate School for his work in helping teachers from several Latin American countries. (Courtesy photo)

Altamirano said he was ?very happy? to receive the recognition.

One of the criteria for receiving the award is ?a desire to pursue activities to improve the lives of less fortunate individuals and possess the desire to contribute to a better nation and a better world.?

Altamirano helped organize this year?s Education Beyond Borders symposium and an international workshop, where more than 50 teachers from Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador participated. Altamirano said that by working with College of Education Dean Michael Morehead and professors Ivelisse Torres and Jeanette Hayes Writer, who is also the head of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, ?we reinforced our commitment for improving the lives of others, our nation and the world.?

?I believe we could not have fulfilled this goal in a more precise manner as we did it, by having this international event, by helping teachers that work in marginalized areas, by sharing their own knowledge and experiences, and by effectively engaging teachers of more than five different countries,? Altamirano said. ?This is quite a remarkable accomplishment by our faculty and doctoral students.?

Altamirano is a graduate assistant in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and the director of the Critical Multicultural Educators Organization. He has received a thank you letter from Juárez Mayor Enrique Serrano Escobar thanking him and NMSU for their work in ?developing professional educators who seek the personal and financial growth of the community.?

?Armando is an exceptional leader and we are honored to work with such a dedicated student,? Morehead said. ?The international work that Mr. Altamirano accomplished to date has increased awareness in our border area about the social and economic issues in our region. His coordinating a major regional conference that included our Mexico partners expands the international interactions and serves to bridge the communities. This recognition is well deserved, and I?m glad that others like (Serrano Escobar) have also recognized his efforts.?