Two Las Cruces Public Schools employees were recently acknowledged as Whataburger Hometown Heroes. Sylvia Chávez, a community school administrator at Lynn Community Middle School, and LCPS Security Guard Tim Zagorski were each recognized for their commitment to the communities they serve.

Sylvia Chávez, the community school administrator at Lynn Community Middle School, was recently recognized by Whataburger as a Hometown Hero for her commitment to the students and families of the district's first community school.

Chávez puts in long hours at the school, going out of her way to connect students and families with community resources in an effort to remove barriers to learning. Often, she can be found in the school’s “Community Room,” where students can access a clothing closet, grab a free snack at the Healthy Snack Bar, and their parents can use computers to access information about jobs or health and wellness.

To learn more about Chávez, and why she is so deserving of this recognition, click HERE.

Tim Zagorski, an LCPS security guard and retired sergeant with the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department, earned the Hometown Hero recognition for his work assisting those affected by natural disasters.

Tim Zagorski, an LCPS security guard and retired sergeant with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department, was also featured on Whataburger’s website for his volunteerism with the nation’s disaster medical squad, through which he assists families throughout the country when natural disasters strike.

Most recently, Zagorski deployed for 13 days with his 35-person Disaster Medical Assistance Team to Florida when Hurricane Michael ripped through the area during the 2018 hurricane season. The regional teams are part of the National Disaster Medical System, which operates under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

To learn more about Zagorski’s volunteer work and why he is a Hometown Hero, click HERE.

— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811, dwillis@lcps.net