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MELANIE ALFARO (NM '17)

Math teacher Melanie Alfaro is a hometown hero in Deming, New Mexico. A product of Deming Public Schools, Melanie teaches sixth-grade math at Deming Intermediate. And that's where we surprised her on November 30, 2017, with New Mexico's 2017-18 Milken Educator Award in front of a roaring crowd, including New Mexico Secretary of Education Christopher Ruszkowski and Denise Ruttle, director of communications for Deming Public Schools and Melanie's own sixth-grade teacher. Overwhelmed and honored, Melanie addressed students through her tears: "I love having an impact on every single one of your lives."

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