Don Davis is 2012 Teacher of the Year!

Donald Davis of Los Alamos High School is Los Alamos Public Schools 2012 Teacher of the Year. Davis was honored at a ceremony at Fuller Lodge Thursday evening. He has taught in the district for five years as Teacher/Robotics and Engineering Design. Davis will go on to compete for New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Teachers nominated for Teacher of the Year include from left, Lorri McInroy, Alyssa Romero and Amy Vierra and unable to attend were Jennifer Schmiere, Cheryl Smith Ecke and Michelle Young. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Instructional Assistant Becky Lovato from Los Alamos Middle School was named Classified Employee of the Year. She receives a $500 award from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. Jeff Sargent, who was unable to attend Thursday’s ceremony, was named Administrator of the Year. He has worked for the district for 20 years as custodian, warehouse worker, custodial supervisor, assistant coordinator of facilities and now serves as coordinator of facilities. This is the first year an award was given in this category. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

School Board President Kevin Honnell introduces retiring teachers, staff and other employees from Los Alamos Public Schools who were honored during the ceremony Thursday at Fuller Lodge including Diane Toups. Toups is retiring after 14 years as a counselor at Los Alamos High School. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Luis Aguilar is retiring after 13 years as a Custodian 1 and 11 at Los Alamos High School. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Fernando Trujillo is retiring after 25 years of service as Custodian I at Administration and Los Alamos Middle School and Custodian II at Mountain Elementary School and Maintenance Technician I-Electrician at Facilities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt leads the entire room at Fuller Lodge in a standing ovation for the retirees. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAPS officials congratulate each of the retirees. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

As Thursday’s ceremony comes to an end, the party begins with refreshments and loads of congratulatory handshakes and hugs. Photo by Carol A. Clark/





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