Devin DeVargas and New Mexico Teacher of the Year Debra Minyard of White Rock with their certificates. Courtesy photo
New Mexico Teacher of the Year, Debra Minyard of White Rock was recognized by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and the New Mexico Legislature Friday in Santa Fe.
Minyard is a teacher at Pojoaque Valley High School (PVHS). She was joined at Friday’s event by her husband Joshua Minyard, neighbor Venita Chavez and PVHS Principal Michael “Skip” Hemperley and Assistant Principal Jennifer Baca.
Minyard was doubly honored as her student Devin DeVargas was selected to open the session by singing the National Anthem.
“Sharing the morning’s events with him and his family was quite a terrific experience,” Minyard said. “I met some amazing people that care very much for the status of education in our state and it was a terrific opportunity to share a bit of their day with them.”
The group was escorted around the Roundhouse by Hemperley, who is a former Sergeant-at-Arms. He introduced the group to many people and they were able to tour much of the Roundhouse before the presentation.
The PVHS teacher said she was humbled to witness democracy in action, being honored in front of the House and able to share the experience with her husband, a student, her administrative team and friends.
“Stephanie Garcia Richard is not only my House representative, but also my colleague in the Pojoaque Public Schools,” Minyard said. “She is a tireless advocate for the children of this state. I celebrate this award with her and am delighted that she asked me to be her guest.”
The two plan to work on a variety of issues for the benefit of students.
Minyard hopes readers will find a way to honor those teachers that their children spend time with every day. She hopes parents take a moment to see the growth their children have achieved through their work.
“By celebrating the work of our teachers, rather than focusing on the shortcomings in any educational system, we focus on what is right and good about public education,” Minyard said. “Be a part of that greatness by honoring teachers today.”
Joshua and Debra Minyard. Courtesy photo
PVHS Principal Skip Hemperley, Assistant Principal Jennifer Baca and Debra Minyard before the ceremony. Courtesy photo