Carlos Chavez (NM '93) passed away on October 30, 2016, at the age of 62.
Chavez received a New Mexico Milken Educator Award in 1993 as a history and Spanish teacher at Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque. His U.S. and world history courses, which he taught in Spanish, emphasized Hispanic contributions to these histories. Chavez pioneered the
State Seal of Bilingualism and Biliteracy, now a statewide recognition in New Mexico.
For more details, see
Chavez's obituary in the Albuquerque Journal.
"Over the course of my young career in education I have had many students ask me 'So why did you become a teacher?' My response has always been something along the lines of 'Because I love teaching.' The Milken Award has changed my perspective on teaching to inspire young adults to consider a career in education....My new focus as a teacher is not only to teach classroom subject matter and curricular content, but to encourage students to share what they know with others and to learn from others through being a lifelong learner."
Peter Arseneault (CT '15) Teacher
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