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Vista Middle School Wins Imagine Nation Beacon Award

Vista Middle School was recently awarded the 2017-18 Imagine Nation Beacon School Award for its exemplary distinction in math for the state of New Mexico. Vista Middle School was selected out of 22,000 schools that participate across the country using Image Learning Programs. Imagine Learning is a leading developer of language, literacy and math curricula.

LCPSVistaBeacon: (L-R) Vista Middle math teachers Heather Nevarez, Staci Pedersen, Alexis Puente, Robert Gallegos, Perla Trujillo, Principal Mike Brewer and math teacher Theron Imlay pose with a banner from Imagine Nation recognizing Vista Middle School as a Beacon School.

(L-R) Vista Middle math teachers Heather Nevarez, Staci Pedersen, Alexis Puente, Robert Gallegos, Perla Trujillo, Principal Mike Brewer and math teacher Theron Imlay pose with a banner from Imagine Nation recognizing Vista Middle School as a Beacon School.

“Each year, we honor dedicated educators from across the country who are implementing Imagine Learning programs in impactful and innovative ways,” said Joe Swenson, CEO of Imagine Learning. “These exemplary schools help their students gain confidence while making incredible progress in language, literacy and math. We’re proud to partner with these outstanding schools and educators and to honor their efforts.”

Vista Middle School Principal Mike Brewer said it was an honor to be recognized with the award.

“Our staff is always looking for innovative ways to inspire students,” Brewer said. “This recognition truly reflects the hard work of our teaching staff.”

Imagine Learning uses the most stringent usage and implementation criteria to designate top schools for the Imagine Nation awards. Vista Middle School was selected as a model for other schools based on its exceptional use of Imagine Math software.

Imagine Nation also recognized the leadership of Heather Nevarez, a sixth-grade math teacher at the school who oversees the implementation of the software at the school, as well as the instructional collaboration and administrative involvement that contributed to the success of the program in the classroom.

— Samantha Lewis, LCPS Public Relations Coordinator, 575-527-5946, slewis@lcps.net