Golden Apple awarded to Santa Fe 3rd grade teacher

Brenda Dominguez
Brenda Dominguez

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Some teachers have made such an impact, students will never forget them. Now, some of those teachers are being honored because of it. Brenda Dominguez is one of this years Golden Apple fellows.

Dominguez is a third grade teacher in Santa Fe, who wants to inspire her students to think beyond their classroom. She’s also a champion for encouraging young minds to make a difference and to be a positive change in the world around them.

Each lesson Brenda Dominguez teaches at Amy Biehl Community School in Santa Fe are reflections of her passion. For her, it’s more than elementary education, it’s about empowerment.

“I started teaching to reach kids who didn’t have access to the world that was around them,” said Dominguez.

Born and raised in Santa Fe, Dominguez says she wants her third grade students to know that they can make a difference right where they are, or wherever they go. Those are the tools she reinforces in the classroom, and that’s partly why she places so much importance on environmental education.

“Two of my kids actually pulled a newspaper article out. It was talking about deforestation. They said, ‘We need to do something about this.” said Dominguez. “They brought it to me and said, ‘What are you going to do?’ How are you going to incorporate this into our lesson next week? That for me, is one of the best days.”

Dominguez calls her Golden Apple award “humbling” and says she’s inspired by fellow teachers and her students as she continues to inspire the next generation.

“I feel so grateful that I can be so passionate about what I do and be surrounded by so many passionate people whose one goal is to create successful students and successful future citizens,” Dominguez said.

Dominguez has been teaching for 17 years.

If you know an outstanding high school teacher, the Golden Apple Foundation is accepting nominations through April 29th.

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