Celebrating Exceptional Teachers

Current Golden Apple Winners

Each year, the Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico names up to 7 teachers from across New Mexico for the Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award. These awards rotate every three years through different school levels: elementary, middle, and high school.  Golden Apple award-winning teachers have been recognized in a broad range of subjects, from Physical Education, to Physics, from Special Education to Advanced Placement, from the core to elective subjects. Those who are recognized are illustrative of the many talented and skilled professionals working hard every day to inspire students in New Mexico classrooms.

2024 Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award Winners

Sara Linn



David Morales

David Morales

ENLACE Social Studies Mayfield High School Las Cruces

Desiree Sers

Desiree Sers

Forensic Science Volcano Vista High School Albuquerque

Kit Standridge

Kit Standridge

Spanish Academy for Technology and the Classics Santa Fe

Melissa Torres

Melissa Torres

Cottonwood Classical Preparatory Albuquerque

2024 Finalists

Kimberly Conell Math La Cueva High School, Albuquerque

Jennifer Couglin Analytical Physics Eldorado High School, Albuquerque

Camille Kelly Director Choral & Piano Activities Del Norte High School, Albuquerque

Sara Linn Art Cibola High School, Albuquerque

David Morales History Mayfield High School, Las Cruces

Christopher Potter English Language Arts Next Gen Academy, Albuquerque

Desiree Sers Forensic Science Volcano Vista High School, Albuquerque

Kit Standridge Spanish Academy for Tech and Classics, Santa Fe

Crystal Terrell English Language Arts Logan High School, Logan

Melissa Torres Spanish Cottonwood Classical, Albuquerque

Felicia Vargas PBL and Success Coach Siembra Leadership Academy, Albuquerque


Thank You to our Fellows Sponsors

These sponsors enable us to give sizable cash grants to each Golden Apple Teacher Fellow. 

Goodgame Foundation
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Lang Family Foundation
Ralph K. Strong Endowment Logo
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