A student teacher from Tucumcari, Maria Christina Martinez, has been named one of New Mexico Highlands University three Outstanding Student Teachers for fall Semester.
According to representatives of NMHU, Martinez and two fellow student teachers from Farmington and Las Vegas were named as Outstanding Student Teachers because of their “professionalism, knowledge of content, instructional delivery, rapport with students, staff and other professionals, and a commitment to the profession.”
Martinez did her student teaching in elementary education at Tucumcari Elementary School and special programs at Tucumcari High School.
“She was awesome,” said Tucumcari Elementary School principal Teresa Salazar said of Martinez. She was always so very professional and always took her responsibilities very seriously.
Salazar said even in the small things Martinez shone.
If she ever had a question, she would not hesitate to ask,” said Salazar.
That is one of the reasons that the young student teacher will be dropping “student” from her title almost immediately. Martinez will continue on in the same positions as she has been with the elementary and high school only as a full-time, professional teacher.
“She’s going to make a fine addition to our elementary staff,” said Salazar.
The other two student teachers named as “Outstanding were: Sally Martinez, of Farmington, who was a student teacher in the second grade at Blanco Elementary School in Blanco, and Patricia Mendoza of Las Vegas, who was a student teacher in the third grade at Tony Sema, Jr. Elementary School in Las Vegas.
Names of those recognized as outstanding student teachers will be placed on a plaque at the NMHU School of Education. Fourteen student teachers were nominated this fall.
Highlands University asks cooperating teachers at the schools to nominate student teachers who are doing exceptional work. The university supervisor must also write a letter of support.