Teacher Appreciation Award Program

Teacher Appreciation Award Recipients
Posted on 05/28/2018

Drawing of students in classroomRio Rancho Public Schools and the law firm of Sanchez & Pinon are excited to recognize the many talented teachers chosen as award recipients for the 2017-18 Teacher Appreciation Program!

Hundreds of dedicated, creative teachers were nominated by parents, students, and colleagues.  Winners' names are posted once the recipients receive their awards.  This year's recipients are:    

  • Shining Stars Preschool: Mary Cunningham
  • Cielo Azul Elementary: Ryalin Hughes
  • Colinas del Norte Elementary: Audra Allen
  • Enchanted Hills Elementary: Tammy Sunstrom
  • Ernest Stapleton Elementary: Karen Curley
  • Maggie Cordova Elementary: Ben Steiner 
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary: Katilin Kleist
  • Puesta del Sol Elementary: Charmaine Salazar
  • Rio Rancho Elementary: Jenny Salgado
  • Sandia Vista Elementary: Charles Brenden
  • Vista Grande Elementary: Susie Knox
  • Eagle Ridge Middle School: Shana Speicher
  • Lincoln Middle School: Ashley Gomez
  • Mountain View Middle School: Karin Beech-Pond
  • Rio Rancho Middle School: Andrew Vela
  • Cleveland High School: Azure Dorsey
  • Independence High School: Amy Guzie
  • Rio Rancho Cyber Academy: Patty Wormington
  • Rio Rancho High School: Gael Natal

The winners for each school are selected by the program sponsors aided by a committee of school and district leaders.  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 Pinon, Rio Rancho's Injury Attorneys.