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LANL Foundation Announces 2020 Excellence in Teaching Awards Nominations. Now Open!

Nominations for the 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award open September 10, 2020

Española, NM – September 14, 2020 – The Excellence in Teaching Award, a partnership between the LANL Foundation and Centerra, Los Alamos, honors teachers and brings encouragement and support to the education profession in Rio Arriba County and Pojoaque. 

A total of seven $1,000 awards will be given out per school year. Qualified nominees must have taught at their current K-12 public, Tribal, or charter school in Rio Arriba County or Pojoaque for at least three years. Current and former students, teachers, administrators, and other colleagues may submit nominations. Prior winners are not eligible.

Teachers can be nominated by filling out a form by the October 8, 2020 deadline at 

Winners will be selected by a committee of LANL Foundation and Centerra staff as well as community members. Awards will be announced first to the nominator and the winner’s principal prior to the 2020 end-of-year break. Recipients will be informed of their award during a surprise school assembly, followed by local media coverage.

Los Alamos Centerra (CLA) is the LANL Protective Force Contractor consisting of over 300 professionals and responsible for protecting some of our Nation’s most critical assets.

LANL Foundation works to inspire excellence in education and learning in Northern New Mexico through innovative programming, collaboration, and advocacy. By investing in learning and human potential, the Foundation’s vision is that all New Mexicans have the skills and confidence they need to be self-sufficient, lifelong learners who are engaged in their communities. Visit for more info.