Los Alamos Teacher of the Year is Lynne Higdon!

Los Alamos Teacher of the Year is Lynne Higdon, at right. She has nine years in the district as a P.E. Teacher at Barranca/Aspen Elementary Schools. Nominees include Brittney Newman, 7 years in the district as a 2nd Grade Teacher at Aspen Elementary, Laura Gallimore, 28 years in the district as a Elementary Teacher at Aspen/Chamisa/Pinon Elementary, Robyn Collom, 11 years in the district as a Special Education Teacher at the Los Alamos High School, Jennifer Holmes, 7 years in the district as a Language Arts Teacher at the Los Alamos Middle School, Barbara Whitaker, 27 years in the district as a Kindergarten Teacher at Mountain Elementary and Jennifer Guy, 8 years in the district as a Kindergarten Teacher at Pinon Elementary. Courtesy photo

School site classified employee nominees of the year include James Steritz. 20 years in the district as a Building Trades Assistant, Instructional Assistant in Special Education with Los Alamos High School; Teresa DuBois, 14 years in the district as an Instructional Assistant in Reading, Kindergarten and Special Education with Aspen Elementary; Julie Collins, 12 years in the district as an Instructional Assistant in Reading, and Special Education with Barranca Elementary; Margaret Larkin, 12 years in the district as an Instructional Assistant in Reading with Chamisa Elementary; Ellen Nunez, 6 years in the district as a Clerk in the Library at the Los Alamos Middle School; Linda Hand, 20 years in the district as a Technology Specialist Site Technician and Secretary with the Technology Department; Lea Ann Alison, 10 years in the district as an Instructional Assistant in Special Education and Preschool with Pinon Elementary and Patsy Sanchez, 13 years in the district as a Custodian and Head Custodian with the Custodial Department. Courtesy photo

Co-classified employee of the year Teresa Gatewood. Gatewood has 4 years in the district as an Accounting Technician General Ledger with Business Services. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Co-classified employee of the year is James Steritz. Steritz has 20 years in the district as a Building Trades Assistant, Instructional Assistant in Special Education with Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo

Several of this year’s retirees gather for a photo. Courtesy photo

This year’s retirees include:

CLASSIFIED

Timothy Acomb is retiring after 24 years as a Maintenance Tech IV-Paint, Maintenance Tech IV, Skilled Maintenance Technician, Paint Forman and Painting Contractor. 

Diane Brent is retiring after 5 years of service as Secretary II-Registrar at Los Alamos High School.

June Gladney is retiring after 25 years of service as a Purchasing Manager with Business Services, a Secretary III and Administrative Secretary at Student Services, a Computer Lab Instructional Assistant, and an Instructional Assistant at Pinon.

Cathy McAnally is retiring after 16 years of service as a Secretary V, Secretary IV with Administration, a Secretary III and Administration Secretary at Los Alamos Middle School.

George McDermott is retiring after 7 years of service as a Bus Driver and Bus Substitute with Transportation.

Mary Frances Romero is retiring after 24 years of service as a Technology Specialist III –Data Processor, Technical Assistant with Technology and Contracted through Instru/Tech, a Receptionist and General Clerk with Personnel.

Lyle Schofield is retiring after 17 years of service as a Bus Driver with Transportation.

Roland Valdezi s retiring after 16 years of service as a Custodian with Facilities, Los Alamos Middle and High School.

Kathleen Walsh is retiring after 16 years of service as a Clerk II, Clerk I, Clerical Assistant at Los Alamos Middle School, and a Special Education Assistant at Barranca.

CERTIFIED

Peggy Baker is retiring after 11 years of service as a Special Education Teacher at Los Alamos Middle School. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and her Master’s degree from the University of South Florida.

Lorene Beckstead is retiring after 19 years of service as a Language Arts, GATE, Case Manager and English Teacher at Los Alamos Middle School. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.

Janice Carroll is retiring after 25 years of service as a Pre-School Teacher, Speech Language Pathologist at Pinon/Barranca, and a Special Education Teacher at Barranca. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Illinois State University.

Rebecca Estep is retiring after 31 years of service as an Elementary Teacher at Pinon and Special Education Teacher at Aspen. She received her Bachelor’s and first Master’s degree from the University of South Florida[a5] and her second Master’s degree from Florida State University.

Leroy Goodwin is retiring after 20 years of service as a Science and Math Teacher at Los Alamos High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Washington University .

Jennifer Holmes is retiring after 7 years of service as Language Arts Teacher at Los Alamos Middle School. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and her Master’s degree from the University of New Mexico.

Gary Houfek is retiring after 28 years of service as a Social Studies Teacher at Los Alamos High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and his Master’s degree from Adams State College.

Judith Magelssen is retiring after 6 years of service as a 1st Grade Teacher at Barranca. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Capital University.

John Rives is retiring after 23 years of service as a Special Education Teacher at Los Alamos High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the California State University, his first Master’s degree from California State University and his second Master’s degree from Adams State College.

Tammy Seidel is retiring after 30 years of service as a Business Education and DECA Teacher at Los Alamos High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Eastern New Mexico University and her Master’s degree from the University of New Mexico.

Clara Vigil is retiring after 23 years of service as a Math, GATE, Social Studies Teacher and Instructional Assistant at Los Alamos Middle School. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and her Master’s degree from the Lesley University.

Sandy Warnock is retiring after 30 years of service as a Principal, Assistant Principal, and Special Education Teacher at Los Alamos High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and her Master’s degree from the University of New Mexico.

LOS ALAMOS

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