Abigail example for women to live up to

There are many notable Bible women characters. Some of those women characters teach us how to be and some teach us how not to be! A woman we could all learn from is the Old Testament character is Abigail. The Bible says that she was married to a “fool,” but she handled it well. In […]

Playa Festivals help teach about water, wildlife

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Darryl Birkenfeld talks Lindsey-Steiner Elementary fifth-grade students Monday afternoon about playas. Birkenfeld is executive director of Ogallala Commons, a nonprofit community development network that visits area school to teach the importance of playas to the ecosystem in the Southwest. Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico has more playas than anywhere in […]

Moms gear: Help your child keep away from sunburns with swimwear that changes color in the sun

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Provided by Seasons UV LOL swimwear from Seasons UV changes colors and patterns in the sun to make your child aware of when they need to reapply sunscreen. Maggie O’Neill Parents can teach their children to be sun aware – and sunburn aware – with a new line of swimwear offered through Seasons UV called […]

Thursday morning briefing: Top teacher, the Portales band and Billy the Kid

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Top teacher Adam Quintero, a Clovis native, has been accepted to the Teach for America 2011 corps. Teach For America says it is national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Website […]

Education digest: Clovis native joins teaching program

Clovis native joins teaching program Clovis native Jason Glikas has joined Teach for America, according to a news release from the organization. Teach for America is a national corps of top college graduates who commit to teach in urban and rural public schools in low-income communities for two years. Glikas is a 1997 graduate of […]

Education, not politics, should be schools’ priority

Priorities. I am trying to teach my grandson Jason about priorities, and even Mikayla my granddaughter, to whatever extent that concept can be grasped by a 6-year-old. One of my favorite classroom observations comes from my friend John, a middle school Spanish teacher in Florida, who reinforces with each group of students that “My primary […]

First person: Math whiz

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kim Luna, 54, enjoys math and music and grew up on a farm between Portales and Floyd. Kim Luna of Portales studied math in school but was hired to teach computer science classes in the early 1980s at Eastern New Mexico University at the Clovis and Portales campuses. Luna, 54, […]

Teacher’s story one of success

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Valencia Elementary School teacher Becky Duran said her fantasy dinner party wouldn’t include celebrities. “I’m very down to earth,” she said. Valencia Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Becky Duran was chosen as the Newspapers In Education teacher of the year in Portales. She uses newspapers in her bilingual classroom to teach […]

Friends teach all kinds of lessons

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Every young girl needs an older lady friend/advisor — especially if she lives way out in the country. A girl’s own mother doesn’t qualify because she’s got too much invested in her offspring’s hoped-for successful life. The girl’s friend/advisor, unlike Mom, doesn’t give advice the usual straightforward way. (“If you […]

College to teach women finer points of football

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Don’t expect pop music sensation Jessica Simpson to run a fade route for boyfriend and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo any time soon. But Curry and Roosevelt County women will have that chance Monday — with the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds. Greyhound football coach Mark Ribaudo, along with […]

a view from under the pew: thumper sees the light

By Gary Mitchell: Local columnist boss i don t know if people folks like you ever have any problems like this but we have a noisy loud —mouthed preacher toad down here in the church pew underworld he rants and he raves he prances and he parades he yells at trembling little ants and fleas […]

Education Feature: Patchwork project

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Patricia Thompson, 56, holds a quilt she made for a teaching class at Wayland Baptist University. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Patricia Thompson’s fascination with quilt making and the underground slave railroad earned her an A in her last class. Her quilt has also given her an opportunity to […]

Radicals need taught lesson in restraint

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist In 1989, photographer Andres Serrano exhibited a photo he called “Piss Christ,” depicting a crucifix submerged in urine. It raised a furor and was condemned on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Nobody was killed. In 1999, artist Chris Ofili exhibited a painting he called “The Holy Virgin Mary” in […]

4/21 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks — except hyphens and dashes. thumper sees the light boss i don t know if people folks like you ever have any problems like this but we have […]

Conference seeks to educate state’s future educators

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SueB Bracksieck compares drawings with Michael Hatch of Portales High School during a communication workshop at Friday’s Future Educators of America conference at ENMU. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — There was a common theme expressed Friday and Saturday among high school students attending the 2005 Future Educators Association State […]

9/29 Education Digest

N.M. parents graded for involvement New Mexico parents were given a C+ by “Education Week” magazine for parental involvement in education, according to a New Mexico National Education Association press release. Gov. Bill Richardson said that a partnership between parents, students and schools is “a key step on the road to reform,” the press release […]

Governor’s class opens academic doors

By Ned Cantwell: Guest Columnist Gov. Bill Richardson again steps into the role of pacesetter. He is going to teach a class at the University of New Mexico next semester. The class will attempt to teach students how state government works. Good luck. People who have been observing New Mexico state government for decades are […]

New CCC program offers alternative path to classroom

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Nancy Jobe, left, and Victor Lopez, listen to instructor Rhonda Roberts during a Clovis Community College class designed to help students earn their teacher certification. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Nancy Jobe has a bachelor’s degree and a love for children, but the traditional path to the classroom doesn’t make […]

More students schooled at home

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Home schooling was an easy choice for Stephanie Proctor. About 10 years ago, she and husband Philip lived in Houston and their oldest son Matthew had just finished fourth grade. Stephanie said she didn’t like what she saw at her son’s middle school —no doors on the bathroom stalls […]