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Three of David Morales’ students from Mayfield High School accepted a proclamation in his honor during the House of Representatives’ legislative session. Left to right are: LCPS Superintendent Emeritus, Dr. Steven Sanchez; Annalysia Elliott; Serena Luna; Lucinda Moreno; and LCPS Superintendent Greg Ewing. Morales’ many achievements, including the New Mexico Teacher of the Year award, were recognized.

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Mayfield High teacher David Morales

LAS CRUCES—David Morales, a Mayfield High School social studies teacher and the 2016 New Mexico Teacher of the Year, was honored by the New Mexico House of Representatives in Santa Fe.  A proclamation of recognition, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Roch (R) of Logan, NM, was read during the session of the NM House of Representatives today. A family emergency prevented Morales from accepting the proclamation in person, but three of his students, along with LCPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing and former Interim Superintendent Dr. Steven Sanchez were there in his stead.

The Mayfield High School students who attended were Lucinda Moreno, 11th grade; Annalysia Elliott, 11th and Serena Luna, 10th grade.

“He’s a fantastic educator and one of the most passionate advocates for students that I’ve ever met,” said Roch, who is chairman of the New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee and a member of the House Education Committee.

“He is an exemplary teacher and cares greatly for his students,” said Rep. Bill McCamley (D) of Doña Ana County.  Also speaking from the House floor during the session, McCamley called Morales “a bedrock…in guiding our students.”

Among the many awards Morales has received, the proclamation recognized his state Teacher of the Year Award, his involvement with the LCPS Involving Parents in Education (IPE) program, the Mayfield Credit Recovery Night School, the ENLACE program (Engaging Latinos Communities for Education), and a summer academy for English Language Learners.

Morales is also the 2016 Las Cruces Public School Teacher of the Year, and was the 2013 recipient for the Excellence for Student Achievement Award by the Las Cruces Board of Education.

“It was an honor to hear the many achievements David has made on behalf of our students,” said Dr. Greg Ewing, LCPS superintendent. “He is a role model and I’m proud that he represents our district.”

 

— Jo Galvan, chief communication officer, 575.527.5811, jgalvan@lcps.net

 

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02_Three of David Morales’ students from Mayfield High School accepted a proclamation in his honor during the House of Representatives’ legislative session.  Left to right are: LCPS Superintendent Emeritus, Dr. Steven Sanchez; Annalysia Elliott; Serena Luna; Lucinda Moreno; and LCPS Superintendent Greg Ewing.  Morales’ many achievements, including the New Mexico Teacher of the Year award, were recognized during the session.