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Exemplary teacher awarded for excellence

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Anna Burrola, a third-grade teacher at El Capitan Elementary School, was awarded $5,000 since her NMTEACH evaluation determined that she is an exemplary teacher. Burrola said this is her second year at El Capitan Elementary School, five years at Del Norte Elementary School prior, teaching for a total of seven years in Roswell. She studied Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell and in Portales. Exemplary teachers receive $5,000 — and $10,000 PED Excellence in Teaching awards for science and math teachers. Christopher Ruszkowski, secretary of education, presented the check to Burrola on Thursday afternoon after recognizing El Capitan Elementary School, Military Heights Elementary School, and Sidney Gutierrez as part of the Public Education Department’s Straight-A Express Tour. Superintendent Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy said overall the Roswell Independent School District’s teachers have earned nearly $400,000 as a result of earning an exemplary status on the NMTEACH evaluation system and Ruszkowski said only 1,000 teachers in the state have earned such an award. (Alison Penn Photo)