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Education students receive scholarships to help with student teaching

Two New Mexico State University College of Education students from the local area were awarded the Arturo "Primo" Torres Scholarship for fall 2008. The $750 scholarship is designed to pay those that are participating in their student teaching.


"You don't get paid to be a student teacher," said Eva Pacheco-Hernandez, a secondary education in business major from Las Cruces. "I'm very grateful that there are scholarships designed to help student teachers. We work very hard for free."

This scholarship is especially special to Pacheco-Hernandez because she knew Torres as a child. Her father was his supervisor when he worked as a janitor at Las Cruces High School in the late 1970s and early 1980s before becoming a teacher.

"He worked very hard to become a teacher," Pacheco-Hernandez said.

Throughout her life, Pacheco-Hernandez said Torres and her family participated in several functions together, including the "Our Lady Guadalupe" cultural festival held in Tortugas, N.M.

Pacheco-Hernandez will conduct her student teaching in the fall, but doesn't know where yet. Along with majoring in secondary education in business, Pacheco-Hernandez is also working on an endorsement in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Luz Elva de la Rosa, the other winner of the scholarship, is studying bilingual education and is from Chaparral, N.M. She said she is pleased to have won the scholarship because it will help since they aren't allowed to work during their student teaching.

The 2008 College of Education Scholarship Ceremony will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 22 at the Best Western Mesilla Valley Inn, at 901 Avenida de Mesilla