Sanchez and Piñon Teacher of Excellence Award

Say Thanks to an Educator Who Makes a Difference!
Posted on 09/20/2018

Sanchez & Pinon Teachers of Excellence Award Winners - 2019The Sanchez and Piñon Teacher of Excellence Award is made possible through a partnership between Rio Rancho Public Schools and the law firm of Sanchez & Piñon.  Thank you to the hundreds of students, parents, and colleagues who submited nominations this year, each telling a story of the difference a talented educator has made in a child's life.  We provide every nominated teacher/staff member with a copy of their nomination(s). One teacher is selected from each school each year as a Teacher of Excellence Award recipient; most of this year's recipients are pictured above along with sponsors Anita Sanchez and Aaron Piñon (seated second and third from right).  

Congratulations to the teachers who were named Teachers of Excellence for this year:  

  • Shining Stars Preschool:  Monique Osegueda
  • Cielo Azul Elementary:  Veronica Vigil
  • Colinas del Norte Elementary:  Mark Vargas
  • Enchanted Hills Elementary:  Megan Sierz
  • Ernest Stapleton Elementary:  Bernadette Nañez
  • Drawing of students in classroomMaggie Cordova Elementary:  Lisa Dale
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary:  Sabrina Sandoval
  • Puesta del Sol Elementary:  Brooke Hertz
  • Rio Rancho Elementary:  Karen Pirlot
  • Sandia Vista Elementary:  Michelle Garmon
  • Vista Grande Elementary:  Katherine Beam
  • Eagle Ridge Middle School:  Angelique Shires
  • Lincoln Middle School:  Ray Rodriguez
  • Mountain View Middle School:  Martin Mondragon
  • Rio Rancho Middle School:  Bill Blanchard
  • Cleveland High School:  Reuben Lardizabal
  • Independence High School:  Heidi Chavez
  • Rio Rancho Cyber Academy:  Peggy Syers
  • Rio Rancho High School:  Amanda Bader

The winners for each school are selected by the program sponsors from student, parent, staff, and community nominations.  Each teacher selected is surprised with a plaque and prize and is invited to attend a special district-wide end-of-year celebration honoring all of the appreciation award winners for that year.   

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 A big THANK YOU to our sponsors of this program—the law firm of Sanchez and Piñon, Rio Rancho's Injury Attorneys.