ENMU honoring educators

PNT staff

The sixth annual Educator Hall of Honors Gala at Eastern New Mexico University will honor six inductees this year.

The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m., on Saturday in the Campus Union Ballroom.


The 2013 Hall of Honor Inductees are:

• Judith Brunsen (deceased)

Bachelor of arts in elementary education: 1966; Master of science in deaf education: 1967

Brunsen spent her adult life teaching others. Brunsen enrolled at ENMU in 1962 majoring in elementary education. She completed her master of science in teaching of the deaf in 1967.

Brunsen taught grade school in Texico and deaf and hearing-impaired students at Prescott Elementary School in Nebraska.

Brunsen and her family returned to Portales in 1987, where she remained active in education and volunteer work.


• Joseph David Chavez

Bachelor of arts/Spanish and psychology: 1973

After graduating from ENMU, Chavez began as a teacher and counselor in Fort Sumner in 1973 and then worked in Carlsbad and Loving schools.

In addition to be being a teacher, Chavez has served as an assistant principal and superintendent of schools.

He has been honored twice as New Mexico Superintendent of the Year.

He is a pioneer in progressive education and known for his innovative approach to issues.


• Michael Dillard

Bachelor of science/military science and sociology: 1976; Master of education: 1978

Dillard had 30 years of administrative and classroom experience.

He began his career in education as the assistant football coach at New Mexico Highlands University and taught high school in Canutillo, Texas.

After 15 years in the classroom and coaching, Dillard became an assistant principal at the elementary school and later the assistant principal of the middle school in Canutillo.


• Linda Joy Greer

Bachelor of science: 2000; Master of arts: 2011

Greer just completed her 12th year of teaching at Corona Public Schools, a small school with about 100 students, pre-kindergarten-12, all served by Greer.

She is the librarian and preschool teacher as well as works with students with developmental disorders and manages grants.

In addition, she often teaches supplemental history or science lessons, hosts the science fair, teaches art and music, and helps high school students.


• Retha Moore

Bachelor of science in elementary education: 1958; Master of education: 1970

Moore is a legend in the field of education in the town of Kirtland.

She began teaching in Portales.

A year later, Moore moved with her family to Kirtland, where she taught for the next 35 years.

During that time, she also earned a master’s degree from ENMU.

She taught a variety of elementary school grade levels.


Gary Sanders

Bachelor of science in education: 1965; Master in education: 1967

“He showed up,” proudly declares those who worked with Sanders.

For 33 years, he was there to teach and nurture children.

Sanders began as a teacher and later moved into administration.

He spent 22 years as principal of Pine Tree Middle School in Texas.


• What: ENMU’s 2013 Hall of Honor Gala

• When: 6:30 p.m., Saturday

• Where: ENMU’s Campus Union Ballroom

• Information: Tickets are available by contacting Cheryl Reeves at 562-2443.

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