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NMSU Graduate Student Named Teacher of the Year

LAS CRUCES - Sara Sue Torres, a New Mexico State University graduate student in the agricultural and extension education department, has been named the New Mexico Elementary Science Teacher of the Year by the New Mexico Academy of Science (NMAS).

Torres was nominated for the honor by administrators and colleagues from both Gadsden and Sierra middle schools of Anthony and Gadsden, respectively. The academy selects one elementary and one secondary teacher from among those nominated each year.

Torres has implemented and trained educators to use standards-based and innovative curricula. She also established the middle school FFA program in Gadsden, secured numerous school grants and is active in many national and state professional organizations. She is currently piloting New Mexico's first middle school magnet science program at Sierra.

At the NMAS awards dinner, Torres was presented with $250 from the National Chemistry Organization and a nambé piece from NMAS.

Torres earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture, majoring in agricultural education from The Ohio State University in 1993.