Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Honored Principal Picks Up $25,000.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Elaine D. Briseno Journal Staff Writer

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A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came the way of Colinas del Norte Elementary School principal Suzanne Harper last fall.

The Rio Rancho principal was selected in October to receive the prestigious $25,000 educator award from the Milken Family Foundation.

Last month, she traveled to Los Angeles to receive her award and attend the Milken Family Foundation National Education Conference.

"It was magical," she said. "Every single step of the way, you felt valued. There are a lot of people doing amazing things, and I have access to those people now."

She said she spent two days in conferences learning from her peers. …

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