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Las Cruces teacher honored by New Mexico Academy of Science

Cathy Kinzer, who teaches at Mesilla Park Elementary School and at New Mexico State University, has received the New Mexico Academy of Science's annual Outstanding Elementary Science Teacher Award.

Kinzer teaches mathematics methods at NMSU in the mornings and mathematics and science at Mesilla Park Elementary in the afternoons. She has provided hands-on activities for her third grade classes since 1993. She also is a mathematics consultant for TERC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving mathematics and science education, and a consultant for standards-based mathematics in school districts throughout the Southwest.

Kinzer was named State Teacher of the Year by the New Mexico Farm Bureau in 1996.

"Children find her class exciting and nurturing of their curiosity," said Horace H. Coburn, NMSU professor emeritus of physics, who has been the Mesilla Park School science adviser for four years. "I wish that my grandchildren could attend her class."

The Academy of Science presents two Outstanding Teacher Awards each year, one to an elementary school teacher and one to a secondary school teacher. Rondal Nauert, who teaches physical science, chemistry and physics at Tatum High School in Tatum, was presented the Outstanding Secondary Science Teacher Award.

The awards were presented at the academy's annual meeting Nov. 14 in Albuquerque. Kurt S.J. Anderson, professor of astronomy at New Mexico State University, is president of the academy for 1998-99.