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CHRISTOPHER NUNEZ (NM '22)
Sonoma Elementary | Las Cruces, NM
When Christopher Nunez heard that one teacher at Sonoma Elementary was about to receive a $25,000 Milken Educator Award, his first thoughts were of his colleagues. "We have great teachers here — I didn't think it would be me," he told us after his surprise Award notification. "When they called my name, I was in shock." It was his fourth graders who snapped him back to reality: "When my class looked up at me, looked in my eyes and started clapping, I knew."
Christopher is a third generation educator. Both his parents teach in Las Cruces Public Schools, and New Mexico Secretary of Education Dr. Kurt Steinhaus worked under Christopher's grandfather, then a principal, when Dr. Steinhaus was still in the classroom. "I teach because I love it," said Christopher. "Educators are the foundation for the future of our country. We're the backbone, and we're ready to help these kids grow up and become great citizens."
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