Charter school educator named New Mexico Teacher of the Year


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque educator is representing New Mexico as next year’s Teacher of the Year. Alisa Cooper de Uribe is a nine-year veteran of New Mexico International School.

The New Mexico Public Education Secretary announced the award Friday during a virtual ceremony which included students and staff from her high school. Cooper de Uribe will act as a spokesperson for the state’s teaching profession and participate in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

Cooper de Uribe grew up in Raton, N.M. and says that’s where she says she first became interested in cultures of the world and learning to speak Spanish. According to a release, she holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Abilene Christian University and a master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College.

Cooper de Uribe has been with the New Mexico International School for nine years and helped develop its International Baccalaureate Programme of Inquiry for a Spanish immersion school. Prior to that, she taught third grade at The Buckley School in New York.

The New Mexico Teacher of the Year award was established in 1963. Each year, New Mexico school districts and charter schools are invited to nominate an outstanding teacher.

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