2018 Teacher of the Year
David Nuñez is currently a social studies teacher and cross country and track & field coach at Oñate High School. He has been with Las Cruces Public Schools for his entire 28-year teaching career. Through his work, Nuñez has helped his many students become collaborative and engaged students, but also civically-engaged members of their community.
His modern approach to education led one of his students to write a bill which was later signed into law by Governor Susana Martinez. In his essay describing his unique teaching style, he stated, “In order to get students to become capable learners, involving them in a more authentic learning experience where students have a voice in their own learning is essential. By emphasizing communication, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, I help to ensure my students obtain the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to succeed in work and life in the 21st Century.”
In 2018, Nuñez was named the LCPS Teacher of the Year.
2018 Educational Support Personnel of the Year
Noel Martinez is currently the lead welder at the LCPS Physical Plant Department. He has been with the district for the past 14 years and spent the past 11 years as the district’s welder. Through his work as a welder, he has helped to fabricate everything from handrails to basketball goals — and everything in between. He even created, and later updated, a custom toilet seat device for a student with a disability.
Noel also works extensively with the Excel program to teach high school students about maintenance trades and the basics of welding. In 2018, he was named the LCPS Education Personnel of the Year.