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Ramirez named first Legacy Award recipient by Character Counts!

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Missouri Avenue Elementary School Principal Kirk DeSoto, above, accepts the Legacy Award on Angie Ramirez’s behalf during a Tuesday night ceremony at Church on the Move. (Submitted Photo)

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A local teacher with decades of experience has received the first Legacy Award presented by Character Counts! of Chaves County.

Educator Angie Ramirez (Submitted Photo)

The award for Angie Ramirez, a teacher with the Roswell Independent School District for 29 years, was announced during the Teacher of Character Awards ceremony Tuesday night at the Church on the Move.

She was unable to attend due to personal reasons, and the award was accepted on her behalf by Missouri Avenue Principal Kirk DeSoto, one of the people to nominate her.

“We are honored to have Angie Ramirez as the first recipient for her dedication to teaching and impacting the lives of the youth of Roswell by implementing the pillars of character for many years,” said Amy McVay-Davis, a Character Counts! board member.

DeSoto called her a “driving force,” known for her positive influence on the lives of the first, second, third and fourth graders she taught.

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“She has been able to work with a lot of students over the years,” DeSoto said. “She has instilled positive character traits within them and been a very positive example to kids throughout her years. You can see that reflected in her practice in her classroom and also in her children that have gone through her class and moved forward into upper grades and into middle school and high school.”

Ramirez was known for her “heartfelt passion and her sense of purpose,” according to the inscription on the award, which stated that she had inspired students to “become curious learners for life.”

Ramirez and her husband, Frank, have three grown children, all Goddard High School graduates. They are Ben Ramirez, Richie Ramirez and Emily Ramirez Granado.

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