LCPS Awards Teacher, Educational Support Personnel of the Year
Berry advances to state Teacher of the Year selection
Las Cruces Public Schools named Robbi Berry the 2022 Teacher of the Year and Crystal Flores the 2022 Educational Support Personnel of the Year. The two were selected from six overall finalists and 89 total nominations. Winners were announced Wednesday at a small ceremony at the Dr. Karen M. Trujillo Administrative Complex.
Berry, who currently teaches at Monte Vista Elementary, has been in elementary education for 26 years, eight of which have been at LCPS. As a military spouse, she taught in New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Berry holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance and is currently pursuing a master’s in teaching mathematics.
According to Berry, her passion is supporting her students to build confidence in overcoming challenges by providing a safe space for educational exploration and discussion. In addition to being a teacher, she is also an avid runner.
Berry will now advance to be considered for the New Mexico Teacher of the Year.
Crystal Flores has served the district as the head secretary at Jornada Elementary for the last eight years. Her experience in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management from New Mexico State University, according to Flores, helps her successfully run a school. She loves the staff and says she lives for her students. Flores is a mother of three, who are all students at Jornada. When she’s not at school, she helps coordinate her kids’ soccer games.
Berry and Flores were chosen from six finalists who were recognized at Wednesday’s ceremony. The Teacher of the Year finalists are Christa Frederickson, Centennial High School and Cassie Goff, Centennial High School. The Educational Support Personnel of the Year are Karina Herrera, Bilingual Education, and Dean Soria, lead custodian at Zia Middle School.
After being nominated, a volunteer committee of LCPS employees made the final selection based on professional accomplishments and service to their community.
“It is a tremendous honor to recognize exemplary teachers,” said LCPS interim superintendent Ralph Ramos, “and while every educator in this district is deserving of an award, the ones selected as finalists in our Teacher of the Year and Educational Support Personnel of the Year represent excellence at Las Cruces Public Schools. They are the ones our students will remember long after graduation. They are the ones who will inspire the teachers of tomorrow and they are the ones who set the example for others to follow.”
The Teacher of the Year and Educational Support Personnel of the Year recognitions are sponsored in part by Century Bank and First Light Federal Credit Union. Winners were awarded $1,000 each and finalists received $500.
A video featuring all six finalists can be viewed at www.lcps.net.
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