The Air Force Research Lab Tech Engagement Office is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Excellence in STEM Awards, aka the STEMYS. The awards honor those students, teachers, volunteers and other New Mexicans doing remarkable things in science, technology, engineering and math education.

Cecilia Lujan-Pincomb, a technology teacher at Monte Vista Elementary, was among the winners.

Cecilia Lujan-Pincomb, a teacher at Monte Vista Elementary School, was awarded the 2019 Excellence in STEM Awards for elementary teachers from the Air Force Research Lab Tech Engagement Office.

“We are incredibly proud of Ms. Lujan-Pincomb,” said Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing. “This recognition is truly a testament to the commitment of the remarkable teachers of LCPS. Cecilia’s accomplishments are a shining example of all that is great about Las Cruces Public Schools.”

STEMY winners were honored at a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

“This is the second year of the event, and we were blown away by the number and quality of nominations we received,” said Matt Fetrow, Director of the AFRL Tech Engagement Office. “It is inspiring to see how many people and organizations are dedicated to making STEM learning a priority for our state. We hope that by highlighting their good work, others will be encouraged to get involved and more young people will choose STEM-related education and career paths.”

Individual winners will receive monetary awards. The winners are selected from all across New Mexico.

— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811,