Albuquerque teacher Sharon Eanes says she views her students as having learning “differences” not “disabilities,” and it’s her passion for teaching that has earned her a Golden Apple award.
“As I started volunteering for Special Olympics I just had a heart for kids with differences,” Eanes said.
So, Sharon Eanes switched majors from engineering to teaching.
“To learn how they learn and teach them strategies so they can empower themselves,” she said.
Eanes has spent 23 years in the classroom; 13 of them at Albuquerque’s Double Eagle Elementary. She says there’s nothing more gratifying than seeing her students graduate and pursue a higher education.
“School that comes so easy to kids…that’s wonderful…but I don’t feel bad for those kids who have to work harder to learn differently, to develop work ethic,” Eanes said.
It’s her passion that makes her one of the best teachers in New Mexico.
“It’s to make each one of my students feel valued, feel powered and feel capable,” Eanes said.