Las Cruces Magazine

Fall/Winter 2015-16

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Resistance is futile. You will be educated. Seen most recently on a school placard while driving down Amador Avenue, this saying started popping up on school marquees throughout the nation as a welcome back message for students. (Origin: a fun twist on the objective of "the Borg" from Star Trek.) When I first passed the sign, I thought, "Wow, that sounds a little tough." It kept coming back to me though. Working on the computer, at home in the garden, driving around town, talking with a customer—boom, there it was again: You will be educated. It couldn't be more true. No matter what our attitude is in school or in life, we will learn something every day. We all have a teacher—or hopefully teachers—that made an impact on our life, either through knowledge from the classroom subject or an attitude and outlook that molded us in some way. Mine was Mrs. Panknin. She taught high school computer science. (Yes, they don't call it that anymore, and Microsoft Office isn't brand new either.) She was tasked with the challenging assignment of engaging teenagers to teach the basics of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and more; concepts we'd never used nor barely heard of before her class. She explained and repeatedly demonstrated how the programs worked, gave us formula examples for Excel calculations, offered tricks in Powerpoint to create eye-catching presentations, and taught us to, "Save, and save often!" Much of this was Greek to me and my fellow classmates. Never quick to anger, she had the patience of a saint. I'm so glad I paid attention. The foundation she laid has allowed me to effectively navigate programs needed in today's higher-tech society. She flipped a mental switch, the lightbulb came on, and effectively played a part in preparing me for my future. In this edition, we highlight educators who shine, not only in the classroom, but also in our community. And this is just a sampling of the area's teaching talent; there are many, many more than the 51 recognized here! We'd love to hear about educators in your life that made a difference. Visit our new website and tell us about your favorite teacher, current or prior. Your story could be highlighted on our homepage! Just remember, resistance is futile. Enjoy the education headed your way! Until next time, ~ Morgan Switzer-McGinley Publisher's Note Morgan Switzer-McGinley 575-532-2262 Fall/Winter Edition 2015-16 I 5

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