Parkview teacher earns Golden Apple nomination
The tradition of bringing an apple to the teacher dates back to the 1800s, when members of rural communities would share the responsibility of feeding and housing the local schoolteacher.
The parents of a student at Parkview Elementary recently honored the tradition in a more modern way by nominating kindergarten teacher Janice Jaramillo for a Golden Apple Award.
Jaramillo, a Socorro native, has been with Socorro Consolidated Schools for nine years. She began by teaching pre-school children with special needs, and has been teaching kindergarten for five years. Her nomination was announced at the Jan. 26 school board meeting.
“It’s very well deserved, and I think she has a really good shot at winning,” said Kim Ortiz, principal of Parkview Elementary.
Winners are selected by the Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico through a process that begins with nominations and includes the review of applications submitted by nominees, and classroom observations and interviews by a selection committee.
Celia Merrill, executive director for the Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico, wrote in an e-mail that 291 nominations were received this year, and 94 of the nominees submitted applications. Seven award winners will be chosen and will receive a $1,500 stipend, funding for a comprehensive professional development plan designed by the award winner, ongoing professional development as a member of the Golden Apple Academy of Fellows, and a laptop computer donated by Intel Corporation.”
In the seven years that Merrill has been with the foundation, none of the finalists have been from Socorro.
There is every reason to believe Jaramillo will be Socorro’s first finalist. In addition to teaching kindergarten, she is also part of the school’s curriculum team, ordering books and helping new teachers to design their curriculums. She’s coordinator for the declamation contests and spelling bees, and teaches computer skills to second- and third-graders after school.
Jaramillo coaches eighth-grade volleyball at Sarracino Middle School and coaches the city’s Piñon League Hot Shots basketball team for kids ages 8-11. Last weekend, she drove the Science Olympiad team to Silver City for an overnight trip.
“Teaching and working with kids is my passion,” Jaramillo said in an interview on Jan. 29. “I’m excited about being nominated, and I’m excited to think of how I could use the extra money in my classroom.”
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