Golden Apple Winner: Alfredo Celedon Lujan

Alfredo Celedon Lujan, golden apple,

ALBUQUERUQE (KRQE) – A Santa Fe teacher who’s been in the classroom for more than 40 years is now the recipient of the Golden Apple.

He loves the work he is doing.

“I don’t think of it as a hard job, I did construction in the summers that’s a hard job, so you know teaching is really a joy,” said Lujan.

Alfredo Celedon Lujan is a quiet champion for his students, who knows first hand how a teacher can change a life.

“I had a teacher who kind of rescued me, I was very shy all the way through about 10th grade.”

He also had a teacher in college that changed his life with a single comment on a paper.

“That comment by itself kind of like oh wait here’s somebody who really recognized that I wrote something that might be valuable that where a voice spoke in my writing. So he wrote that comment and then I thought, oh maybe I do have a voice in writing.”

These days he is sharing that passion for writing, everyday, with his students at Monte Del Sol Charter School.

“It’s very important, it’s very important, for kids to be able to write that’s half of their literacy, they have to be able to read and write, and being able to write to express themselves is extremely important.”

He humbly recognized other teachers after receiving his award.

“I know so many good teachers, have taught with them, live with one, my wife is a really good teacher and the only difference between them and me is that I got nominated.”

Celedon Lujan plans to use the professional development money that comes with his award to attend a writing colony. He’s considering creating an anthology of his essays. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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