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Ellen Mills, President of the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees was presented with the John O. Mitchell award at the State AFT Convention. The award is given for service to AFT New Mexico on behalf of public education and for exemplary and unselfish service as a representative of AFT and its goals to improve public education and enhance public school academic standards. John O. Mitchell was a middle school teacher in Albuquerque prior to becoming AFT State President. He was in a core group of union advocates working to improving terms and conditions of employment for educational employees. Later he became Educational Issues Director of the National AFT. The award was established in his name to honor other union leaders.