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As her students look on, César E. Chávez Elementary School first-grade teacher Angelica Hernandez receives the 2014 VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award, K-5, for New Mexico VFW Post 3242 of Las Cruces member Len Hampton. {Photo courtesy of James Dickerson, César E. Chávez Elementary School.]

LAS CRUCES – César E. Chávez Elementary School first-grade teacher Angelica Hernandez has won the 2014 VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award, K-5, for New Mexico, said Assistant Principal James Dickerson.

VFW Post 3242 of Las Cruces member Len Hampton presented the award in Hernandez’s classroom in March. In January, Hernandez was named the local post teacher award winner.

“I consider myself very fortunate to have gotten to know Mrs. Hernandez during the years we have worked together at Cesar E. Chávez Elementary,” said Dickerson in his letter nominating Hernandez for the award. “Mrs. Hernandez has an exemplary work ethic which I have seen demonstrated both in- and outside of the classroom. She is willing to go the extra mile, and she has helped to make the classroom and our school a more positive place for both students and staff.  She is the type of teacher that I think all teachers should strive to become,” he said.

“Mrs. Hernandez is dedicated to her community and country. She created a veterans wall before Veteran’s Day one year. This allowed students and staff to bring pictures of their family members who had served our country bravely and they would place them on the board at the front of the school for all to see. This allowed us to honor our heroes in a mighty way and it helped us as a school to say thank you to our Veterans for their service. This year, Mrs. Hernandez has gotten the whole school involved in writing letters to our soldiers who are serving overseas during this time. The response from our teachers and students has been overwhelming and we will be sending the letters to our soldiers soon. This allows us to let our soldiers know we are proud of them and we appreciate their service for all of us,” said Dickerson.

For more information, contact Dickerson at 575.527.6022 or jamdickerson@lcps.k12.nm.us.

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