The 137 teachers recognized as recipients of the Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award since 1994 (Golden Apple Fellows) represent every corner of the state, and every type of school and classroom. Click here to see a map of New Mexico's fellows. To hear from our 2013 award winners and what inspires them, please watch the video below.
To learn what a difference being named a Golden Apple Fellow makes, please read 2010 Golden Apple Fellow Jennifer Chavez-Miller's letter about being part of Teachers for Global Classrooms, a fellowship through the U.S. Department of State, and receiving a Fulbright.
In April 2017, Golden Apple will honor seven high school teachers who have earned the Golden Apple for Excellence in Teaching Award.
- Miskee Blatner: Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Eldorado High School in Albuquerque
- Laura Carthy: Literature and Psychology teacher at Capital High School in Santa Fe
- Travis Crawley: Government and Economics teacher at Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque
- Allison Dunn: English Language Arts teacher at Eldorado High School in Albuquerque
- Melody Hagaman: Computer Science teacher at Centennial High School in Las Cruces
- Stephanie Jaquez: English Language Arts teacher at Farmington High School in Farmington
- Mark Robinson: History teacher at St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque
The 2016 elementary school recipients were:
Brenda Dominguez: 3rd grade teacher at Amy Biehl Community School in Santa Fe; Agapita Hopkins: Adapted Physical Education teacher at Chaparral Elementary and Painted Sky Elementary in Albuquerque; Viola Hoskie: 4th grade teacher at Tobe Turpen Elementary School in Gallup; Paula Jackson: Physical Education teacher at Monte Vista Elementary in Albuquerque; Patricia Martinez: 3rd-5th grade Special Education teacher at Kirtland Elementary in Albuquerque; Roni Rohr: Visual Arts teacher at El Dorado Community School in Santa Fe; Amanda Tapia: 4th and 5th grade teacher at Alice King Community Charter School in Albuquerque
The 2015 middle school recipients were:
Albino Garcia III, Lakota Language teacher at Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque; Cheryl L. Kerby, Science, Engineering, Robotics and Design teacher at Mountain View Middle School in Rio Rancho; Alfredo Celedón Luján, Language Arts teacher at Monte Del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe; Randy L. Martin, Social Studies teacher at Desert Ridge Middle School in Albuquerque; Doris G. Merzweiler, Adapted Physical Education teacher at Hayes Middle School and Wilson Middle School in Albuquerque; Janene Mondragon, English teacher at Questa Junior High in Questa; and Jana Rupp, Math teacher at Bosque School in Albuquerque.
In April, 2014 Golden Apple honored our seven Golden Apple for Excellence in Teaching recipients. To learn more about each teacher, please click their name to view their interview with KRQE-TV.
- Kevin Cummins teaches English at Bosque School in Albuquerque
- Jonathan Hagmaier teaches drama at Albuquerque High School in Albuquerque
- Sherry Lober teaches business at Albuquerque High School in Albuquerque
- Eric Strauss teaches marketing at Albuquerque High School in Albuquerque
- Sean Thomas teaches social studies at Eldorado High School in Albuquerque
- Mario Vigil teaches Spanish at Pojoaque Valley High School in Pojoaque
- Rachel Weihe teaches history at Del Norte High School in Albuquerque