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Highlands Education Graduate Saiz Receives Teaching Award

Highlands University School of Education graduate Jonathon Saiz received his first teaching award when OfficeMax selected him to receive $1,000 worth of teaching supplies for his new classroom.  

Saiz was one of only 14 first-year Albuquerque Public School District teachers to receive the award. He is a special education teacher at Armijo Elementary School.  His principal nominated him for the honor.  

 “As teachers we spend a lot of our own money on supplies so when I received this huge box full of supplies from OfficeMax I was ecstatic,” said Saiz. “If it wasn’t for Highlands giving me the opportunity to get an education with small classes and great faculty I wouldn’t be prospering now in the classroom.”

Saiz earned his bachelor’s degree from Highlands in 2006 and is finalizing his master’s degree in curriculum instruction with an emphasis in ESL.

“What makes Jonathon such a successful teacher is he is all about the students,” said Merryl Kravitz, a Highlands' education professor and the field-based coordinator.  “He is also a stellar student.”

Photo: Jonathan Saiz receives a first-year teacher award from Greg Garner of OfficeMax.

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