FFA participants have right to be proud

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist They stood before me as I was signing books in my booth at the National FFA Convention this fall in Indianapolis. The man showed his age but was still holding up. “This is gonna be my last,” he said. I looked at him more attentively. “How long have you been […]

Teacher looks forward to new school

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Sandy Belden will be a new kindergarten teacher at Brown Early Development Center in Portales this upcoming school year. Having taught first grade at La Casita Elementary School in Clovis for the past two years, Belden said she is looking forward to teaching at Brown. She and her family […]

Garman’s history lessons extend from classroom to home garden

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Alex Garman has been living and working in Portales since he and his wife moved here in the fall of 2004. Garman moved here to teach European history at Eastern New Mexico University, where he is now the assistant history professor. Garman has a great love not only of […]

Education hopefuls test waters at ENMU teacher fair

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Those searching for a career in teaching and those looking for teachers said they benefited from attending the teacher fair at Eastern New Mexico University Tuesday. Students said the ENMU teacher fair helped future teachers get an idea of what’s available for new teachers in New Mexico and Texas. […]

Smith hits right note

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By William P. Thompson: PNT Staff Writer Portales High School choir teacher Franklin Smith tried to talk himself out of his music calling, but a college music professor told him he had what it takes to instill a love of music in teens. “I was at a crossroads. I was working as a server at […]

ENMU announces retirement of long-time dean Elder

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer When July rolls around Eastern New Mexico University will look different without Thurman Elder roaming the hallways of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building with a calculator and math textbooks in hand. Elder has announced he will retire after more than 37 years of teaching math at Eastern New Mexico […]

Training educators of the future

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By Tony Parra There was a common theme expressed during Friday and Saturday’s 2005 Future Educators Association State Conference as to why people want to be teachers. They want to be teachers because they have a passion and a love for it. High School students from Clovis, Portales, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and other towns from […]

Kids teaching other kids value of nutrition

By Tony Parra Portales Junior High students are finding out how it feels to be a teacher as they help in the instruction of James Elementary students. They are teaching third-graders the importance of nutrition and a healthy diet as part of a new course for PJHS. The Eat Smart, Play Hard program was developed […]

ENMU professor wins annual state award

PNT Staff An Eastern New Mexico University marketing professor known for his laid-back approach is the school’s fourth honoree as New Mexico Professor of the Year in the last nine years. Dale Davis, a professor at ENMU since 1982, attended an awards luncheon Thursday in Washington, D.C., in honor of state winners, as well as […]

Lifelong teacher bids for award

By Tony Parra Jane Lee devoted her life to teaching and has lived in Portales since 1932. These are some of the reasons Lee was nominated as a Pioneer of the Year award recipients, which will be given out on Friday at the Pioneer reception at the Memorial Building. Lee moved to Portales in 1932 […]

James teacher earns Wal-Mart honor

By Tony Parra The School Board Members recognized Joeli Cathey as the Portales Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year during the school board meeting on Monday. Cathey said she has been teaching for three years for James Elementary and in her first year teaching she split time working for James Elementary and the junior high. Cathey […]

We must accept the truth of the Scriptures

Shirley Rollinson I read with interest your articles on the courses on homosexuality offered by the Llano Estacado Church in Portales (PNT Jan. 2). To present the biased view that Christianity is a repressive, anti-feminine, anti-homosexual man-made program — as seems to be the teaching of the leaders of the Llano Estacado Church — is […]

Tafoya devotes life to teaching

Helena Rodriguez Dr. Candido Tafoya has been a teacher for more than four decades, mostly teaching Spanish. He began his career as a school teacher in Santa Rosa. He also taught at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and then became a professor at Eastern New Mexico University in 1970. He retired from ENMU in […]

Religion columnist writes to inspire

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Gary Mitchell When Joan Clayton retired from teaching school several years ago, she felt her days of usefulness were all but over. How wrong she was. Since then, the former elementary school teacher has now written and published seven books, 10 years’ worth of newspaper columns and numerous magazine articles. In April, a friend, Anna […]