LCPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing has named three employees LCPS All Stars at the monthly Principals meeting. Ewing started the awards program earlier last year as a way to recognize outstanding LCPS employees.

“Every single day we have employees doing great things throughout the district,” Ewing said. “We started this awards program because we wanted to recognize those individuals who go above and beyond for every student, every day.”

The LCPS All Stars for February are: Eddie Leon, Technology Teacher at Mesilla Elementary School; Elizabeth Painter, Special Education Inclusion Teacher at Mesilla Park Elementary School; Gracie Rios, Educational Assistant at Monte Vista Elementary School; and Maria Pacheco, Parent Advisory Council President at Centennial High School.

“Eddie is a one of a kind problem-solver who takes initiative and goes above and beyond in everything he does,” said Lydia Polanco, principal at Mesilla Elementary School. “His work teaching the students how to run our METV program and his volunteer work in our after-school enrichment program have set him apart as him as one of the best tech teachers in the district.”

“Elizabeth pours her heart and soul into the job and works tirelessly to ensure students feel successful,” said Diane Barela, principal at Mesilla Park Elementary School. “Not only is she a champion for her students, she is a teacher leader, teacher mentor and a core member of our leadership team. She is an invaluable asset to our school and I am honored to recognize her with this award.”

“Gracie always puts students first and dedicates her full effort to support students in or outside of the classroom,” said Ramon Acosta, principal at Monte Vista Elementary School. “She often takes on extra tasks to benefit students and every single student knows her because she is always positive, smiling and encourages others to do the same.”

“Maria is a great asset for our academic and athletic community. She put together one of the most successful School Advisory Councils (SAC) and established a booster club for our football program,” said Mike Montoya, principal at Centennial High School. “Although her son graduated two years ago, she has been our go-to lady for the past seven years and remains at the helm of the SAC while still serving as an assistant to the booster club president.”

As part of the recognition, honorees are awarded with a commemorative certificate and gift card at the monthly principals meeting. Over the course of the one-year awards cycle, the program will recognize one employee from every school in the district and a total of four employees from Central Office.

-LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren, pdahlgren@lcps.net, (575) 527-5808