Alumni Achievements

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) has chosen Central Elementary School physical education teacher, Thomas “Tommy” Esparza to receive a 2010 PCFSN Community Leadership Award. Esparza has been a respected advocate for children and quality physical education for more than 20 years. He has used his expertise and passion to effect change for all children. Tommy has also been very involved by leading the way for children to participate in numerous programs, including Punt, Pass and Kick; Pitch, Hit and Run; the Junior Olympic Skills Competition; Jump Rope For Heart; Hoops For Heart; and Hershey’s Track and Field Meets. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of the LCPS Foundation. Read more

Brenda Smith recognized as the Canutillo Independent School District Teacher of the Year.  Brenda Smith, received her degree in Secondary Education in 1980 from the College of Education at New Mexico State University. Ms. Smith teaches theater arts at Canutillo Middle School, where she has taught since 2007. Before moving to Canutillo Middle School, Ms. Smith taught theater arts and broadcast journalism for twenty-seven years in the Gadsden ISD, where she was twice recognized as Santa Teresa High School’s Teacher of the Year. In 1992, she was named the Gadsden ISD Teacher of the Year. She has also received the Excellence in Education Award from Phi Beta Kappa and the Quality Education Award from the University of New Mexico. Read more…

NMSU alumna, Dana Dawson, received Presidential Award for mathematics and science teaching. In June 2010, President Barack Obama named 103 mathematics and science teachers across the United States as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, one of whom was New Mexico State University alumna Dana Dawson. Dawson graduated from NMSU in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in education and secondary math. She is currently a math coach for the Moriarty-Edgewood School District where she helps to prepare math teachers for the classroom. She also is a math specialist with NMSU’s Mathematically Connected Communities (MC2) an organization that strives to improve student achievement by building a statewide learning community of mathematics educators, mathematicians and public school leaders.  Read more..

Thomas Lindsay has been appointed chair of the New Mexico State University Communications Disorders Advisory Board. Lindsay is a graduate of the Communication Disorders Program at NMSU. He completed a bachelor’s degree with honors in 1971 and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology in 1972. Lindsay is currently employed as a speech-language pathologist in the Deming Public Schools. Read more…

Governor Bill Richardson announced on June 11, 2010, that he will appoint Susanna Murphy to replace Education Secretary Veronica C. García, who is retiring effective July 1, 2010. Murphy has been an educator and administrator for more than 30 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University, and both a master’s and doctorate in Educational Administration from New Mexico State University. Read more…

Emily A. Tobey is being awarded the American Speech/Language/Hearing Association’s highest honor. A 1973 graduate of the College of Education, Tobey is associate provost, professor, and Nelle C. Johnston Chair in Early Childhood Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is receiving ASHA’s Honors of the Association award for her contributions to the field, only one of 200 to receive the award to date from a membership of more than 140,000. Read more…