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RISD honors Clements as teacher of year nominee

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Sally Green, left, principal at Parkview Early Learning Center, speaks about pre-kindergarten teacher Tracey Clements, right, as she and the Roswell Independent School District honor Clements as the district nominee for New Mexico teacher of the year at Tuesday’s meeting of the RISD Board of Education. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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A longtime Roswell Independent School District teacher was honored Tuesday at the Board of Education meeting.

Tracey Clements, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Parkview Early Literacy Center, was the district’s nominee for New Mexico Teacher of the Year. The board presented her with a plaque at its meeting Tuesday with members of Clements’ family present.

Clements started with RISD in 1994 as a preschool education assistant. While working, she earned an education degree and has taught pre-kindergarten for 10 years.

Jody Alpers, early childhood education coordinator for RISD, said Clements learned American Sign Language to help her students and has mentored teachers and student teachers.

“Miss Clements ensures that education transcends the classroom by nurturing and encouraging her students through learning, through play, hands-on activities and whole-body learning through movement. She always strives to support diversity in her classroom, supporting students in their first language and encouraging students to speak their home language and share their cultural activities in their classroom,” Alpers said.

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Parkview Principal Sally Green said Clements is a strength in the building and she and the staff depend on Clements in many ways.

“This type of educator is not something that comes to us on a regular basis. I want to make a note of what a privilege it is to have her in my building,” she said.

Clements said it was an honor to have been nominated for teacher of the year.

“I treasure being an early childhood educator and helping students build an educational foundation and love of learning,” she said.

“I have been very blessed to work with the Roswell Independent School District for 25 years and I look forward to many more,” she said.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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