2022-23 Milken Educators

Photo 26 of 36 NM Christopher Nunez

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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2023 Milken Educator group
AL Bryan Cutter
AZ Megan Brown
AR Emily Howard
CO Tiffany Miera
CT Elaine Hill
HI Esther Kwon
ID Anna Attebury
IN Angela Fowler
IN Brittany Tinkler
KS Kristine Becker
LA Dereka Duncan
KY Charlotte Buskill
LA Corrie Campbell
LA Elise Frederic
ME Sarah Collins
MD Dion Jones
MA Leigh Beson
MS Tyler Shows
MO Vanessa Thomson
NE Lisa Moody
NV Liz Barnum
NV Jason Murray
NV Rejily Soriano
NJ Shaina Brenner
NM Christopher Nunez
NY Caitlin Garvey
NC Jessica Barnette
RI Emily Rendine
SD Abby Turbak
TN Alexa Guynes
TX Jenna Dean
TX Diana Lopez
VA Pamela Stepko
WV Andrea Trio
WY Jessica Kavitz