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Two Award-Winning APS Educators Featured on New Mexico Living – Albuquerque Public Schools


Job : November 18, 2022

Two award-winning APS educators featured on New Mexico Living

The local morning talk show on FOX New Mexico at 9 a.m. every weekday highlights the successes of New Mexicans.

Principal Stephani Treadwell and teacher Michelle Perez

The Albuquerque Public Schools The Education Foundation is a non-profit for APS. Their funds go to creative academic projects, programs and clubs.

Each year, the Foundation recognizes three outstanding educators for their original ideas to benefit their students. Among the winners:

  • Stephani Treadwell, Principal of Collet Park Elementary
  • Michelle Perez, teacher at Highland High School

Stephani Treadwell, Collet Park Elementary School

Stephani Treadwell was born into education and explained that both of her parents were educators. She grew up in that atmosphere and loved it, and she knew her career path would be in education.

Treadwell introduced the 4-H program to his elementary school. It was the first school she worked in that suffered from a socio-economic population, and she noticed that the school with fewer or no socio-economic students did better. So she realized that she needed to invest in things that her students loved to do, like dance lessons, sports, art lessons, etc. school. So she introduced the 4-H program into the school day. After adding this program, attendance skyrocketed and 23% of chronic absences dropped to 7%.

Treadwell wants kids to have longer school days so these types of programs are added and kids love going to school.

Michelle Perez, Highland High School

Michelle Perez offered “Guided Reading for Beginning Readers”. She said that in Highland they have a large population of refugees and immigrants. Perez said she enjoys meeting the kids where they are and moving forward from there. They were able to get a $25,000 grant for a level library with books from K-6, and everyone in the school can use it. Perez allows his students to choose a book they can read and understand.

Perez always knew she wanted to be a teacher. But his road to becoming one was not easy. She moved from Canada to the United States when she was in 7th grade and she struggled in school. Perez explained how she barely made it and graduated from high school. It took her 10 years, but she went back to school when she was 26. Perez continues to encourage his students to never be too late or too old to return to school.