Spotlight On Our Staff

Image Rio Rancho Public Schools' 2,300 employees do great things for children every day!  Check this site to learn about honors, awards, recognition, and other accomplishments and achievements of our school and school district staff!

We are so proud of....  
  2016 Technology Champions 2016 Technology Champions
Meet this year's Technology Champions here!
  Lisa Dobson and School Board Member
Excellence in Student Achievement Award Goes To SLC Principal
Lisa Dobson receives this accolade from the NM School Boards Association!  More here!
State High School Assistant Principal of the Year Hails from Cleveland
And she went from the courtroom to the classroom!  Here's the evidence!
First "Spirit of the Storm" Recipient Named
Cleveland staff member Ben Vigil gets the nod!  Find out about Ben and the award here! 
  Mountain View Assistant Principal Named Secondary Principal of the Year!
Veronica Sanders is New Mexico's representative for National Secondary Principal of the Year honors.  Get to know her better here!
  Technology Champions Create Learning Opportunities!
Every year, RRPS honors teachers and others at each school who help make learning productive and fun for kids.  Meet this year's Technology Champions here!
     AP Champion Receives Regional Recognition
   A longtime Rio Rancho High School teacher pushes students towards college and career success
-- and gets an award for it!  Find out who was honored and why here!
     State Boards Association Honors RRPS Accountability Chief
   Dr. Happy Miller's work helps teachers and principals make a difference for students, and 
   school board leaders around the state agree.
  2014 Technology Champions    Teachers Champion Classroom Technology
    Every year, RRPS honors teachers who creatively use technology to help students learn. Meet our 2014 "Technology Champions" here!
     Coaches of the Year!
   Two championship-winning Cleveland High coaches earn National Federation recognition! Find out here who they are and some of what they did to win recognition.
     History Teacher of the Year!
   Kelly Pearce, formerly at Vista Grande Elementary and now at Mountain View Middle School, is the state winner of the Gilder-Lehrman History Teacher of the Year Award. It's the second time in three years a Rio Rancho teacher has earned this prestigious honor. Learn more about Ms. Pearce and her award here!
     New Principals, Assistant Principals, and Administrators
   Some key positions changed hands over the summer: If you need a scorecard to keep track of the players, click here!
     District Recognizes Volunteers, Staff
   Meet RRPS's district and school Volunteers of the Year, as well as staff members honored at the district's annual recognition ceremony!
    Red Cross Honors Ram Rack Founder
  Rio Rancho High health aide Virginia Nevarez is one of this year's recipients of the Red Cross "Real Heroes" award. Learn here how Vergie and her exceptional program help students!
    Talented Teachers Harness Technology
  Each year the district honors a select group of educators who find unique ways through technology to make classrooms an exciting place for kids to learn. Meet this year's winners here!
  Our Staff and Students Do it All! 
From chocolate to Chinese, we have a lot of talented people in Rio Rancho who enrich our schools and community in many ways! Click here to check out a long and varied list of awards and accomplishments!
    RRHS Coach Murphy Up for Coach of the Year
Not only that -- but the RRHS Baseball Stadium has been named national high school ball field of the year!  Learn more here!  

    Maggie Cordova Teacher Earns National Scholarship
Jessica Owen is one of 12 teachers nationwide chosen for a special program aimed at expanding participation of disadvantaged students in gifted programs.  More . . . 

  School Nurses Among the Best
RRPS Nurse Coordinator Lee Carn and Shining Stars school nurse Kim Williams earn recognition!  More here . . . 

  Shining Stars Librarian Best in State 
And the Shining Stars Preschool library is the elementary library of the year!  Read all about it!

  RRHS Activities Director Named National Finalist
Bill Duncan, the state's Student Council Adviser of the Year, is also one of eight finalists for the National Student Council Adviser of the Year Award.  To learn more about Bill and the accomplishments of the program, read more here!  To learn about the RRHS Associated Students Big Event, click here.

  Vice Principal Named Ass't. Principal of the Year
Cleveland High's Renee Saucedo was selected by the New Mexico Association of Secondary School Principals - read more here!  

Puesta del Sol Teacher Top Science Educator
Brian Montoya is the NM Academy of Science's Elementary Science Teacher of the Year! Learn how he's getting students excited about science!  

  Excellence in Bilingual Education 
Rio Rancho High and Maggie Cordova Elementary were two of only 11 schools in the state honored at the Capitol.  Learn more here.  

  MaxPreps tour of champions trophy Cleveland Football Earns National Ranking
Congratulations to Coach Kirk Potter and the rest of the CHS coaching staff!  The Storm is the first team in New Mexico to be honored on the MaxPreps Tour of Champions!  More . . . 

  Two Rio Rancho Teachers Earn Coveted "Golden Apple"
Lincoln Middle School teacher Ray Rodriguez and Mountain View Middle School teacher Andrea Yarbrough are two of seven New Mexico teachers honored this year.  More . . .  

Art Teachers Capture State Honors
Two Rio Rancho art teachers have recognized by their peers as the best in the state!  (Read more)

DeGroot Named "Unsung Hero"
"Sustainable Science" program wins Rio Rancho Middle School Teacher ING recognition
Rio Rancho Bus Driver Defends State Championship
Athena Kingrey aces second title!

Puesta del Sol Teacher Tops in Teaching History
Georgia Babb receives prestigious Gilder-Lehrman Institute award

Julie Arnold: Middle School Principal of the Year!
Mountain View leader receives state honor.


Theresa Griffin-Golden ReceivesTop State Special Ed Recognition
Award named after former RRPS Special Services Executive Director