Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Belen, Los Lunas Teachers Honored.

Byline: Journal Staff Report

* Danielle Calvillo and Patricia Castillo selected for Milken Family Foundation National Educator awards

Teachers Danielle Calvillo and Patricia Castillo share a devotion to their profession and an uncommon ability to reach out to their students.

This week, they also share the distinction of being among an elite group of teachers who are winners of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator awards for teaching excellence.

Calvillo, who teaches third grade at Valencia Elementary in Los Lunas, and Castillo, a fourth-grade teacher at Rio Grande Elementary in Belen, learned of the honors at school assemblies on Monday. Announcements of the winners had been kept secret.

Each teacher will receive a check for $25,000.

"I think I'm still in shock, totally," Calvillo said later Monday. "It was like, come on! …

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