Centerra Awards $10,000 To Rio Arriba Teachers

2016 winner Elias Alison 2nd Grade Teacher at ETS Fairview Elementary School in Espanola with his students and Centerra-Los Alamos General Manager Ted Spain, left, during the check presentation. Courtesy photo
LANL Foundation News:
ESPANOLA — Centerra – Los Alamos has again provided $10,000 to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation to continue the Rio Arriba County Excellence in Teaching Award program.
“We are so proud to continue to recognize the teachers in the communities where many of our employees live and raise their families. Our employees have benefited from the work of these exceptional teachers, and it is so wonderful to be able to recognize them with this program,” said Ted Spain, Centerra – Los Alamos general manager.
Seven winning teachers will be selected to receive an engraved acrylic award and a $1,000 check for personal use. Nominations of K-12 teachers for the 2017 awards will be accepted through an online form at after the start of the 2017–2018 school year.
Centerra is the protective force contractor at Los Alamos National Laboratory and employs more than 300 professionals from throughout Northern New Mexico. The award was created by Centerra leadership, in partnership with the LANL Foundation, to honor exceptional teachers and bring encouragement and support to the education profession in Rio Arriba County.

Winners of the 2016 Rio Arriba County Excellence in Teaching Award:

  • Elias Allison, 2nd Grade Teacher at ETS Fairview Elementary School
  • Javier Arellano, 4th–6th Grade Math & Science Teacher at Ojo Caliente Elementary School
  • Yvette Bakken, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher Carlos Vigil Middle School
  • Lisa Bradley 3rd Grade Teacher at Dulce Elementary School
  • Belva Eversgerd 6th Grade Teacher at Dulce Elementary School
  • Crystal Gallegos 7th–12th English, Spanish, and Robotics Teacher at Coronado Middle & High School
  • Jeanette Martinez, 6th Grade Teacher ETS Fairview Elementary School
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