Perhaps there really is something in the water, something that yields some pretty stellar teachers. For the second year in a row, Los Alamos is home to the New Mexico Teacher of the Year.
Last week, White Rock resident and Pojoaque Valley High School Music Educator, Debra Minyard was announced as the next New Mexico Teacher of the Year.
“It’s an honor to be chosen and share this award with my excellent colleagues at PVHS,” Minyard said.
Minyard became the Band Director for PVHS in 2003. She isn’t just the leader of the band, but has developed a full music program from scratch including beginner lessons for students in grades 7-12, developing a full concert band, jazz band, and pep band and teaching Music Theory and Music Appreciation classes.
“I am honored that the New Mexico teacher of the year is from the same district where I teach,” said State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard. “She does Pojoaque proud.”
Minyard is a certified Link Crew Coordinator, a transition program from the Boomerang Project, with upper classmen spending the entire school year as mentors for freshmen, with the motto, “Students helping Students Succeed.”