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LETTER: Mil Gracias

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By The Staff

I recently retired as the WLVMS principal after 32 years in education.   Throughout my career, I have found that it takes a community to raise a child.  I would like to thank the many individuals and businesses in Las Vegas for helping me make a difference as a teacher and as an administrator.

I was fortunate to have done my student teaching at Paul D. Henry Elementary under the guidance of mentor teacher Pat Amai, and I thank her for being a great role model.  I’d like to thank my aunt and godmother, Gavina Griego, retired West Las Vegas elementary teacher, who guided me throughout my teaching career.  My thanks to personnel at Peñasco Schools, Las Vegas City Schools and West Las Vegas Schools for the support and cooperation I received throughout the years.

I’d like to thank the staff and students at West Las Vegas Middle School who embraced me three years ago and took me on a special journey.  You are all very special and I will never forget you.

I would like to thank the following businesses which helped me throughout my career:

Rosemarie Montoya (and State Farm Insurance) for her generosity and support, Las Vegas Daily Optic for their coverage of all the positive things happening wherever I was working, KFUN and KNMX radio stations, Bank of Las Vegas, Community First Bank,  Lowe’s Super Save,  Sonic Drive In, McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, Daylight Donuts, Charlie’s Spic & Span, Wal-Mart, NEREC, Team Builders, U.S. Post Office, Las Vegas Recreation Center, Carnegie Library, Las Vegas City Police, New Mexico State Police, San Miguel County DWI, Department of Transportation, 4-H, Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation,  KIVA Theater, Fire Department, Luna Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, United World College, Public Service Company of New Mexico, State Employees Credit Union,  the District Attorney’s Office, and Gear Up. My apologies if I left anyone out.

Thanks to the hundreds of dedicated and caring parents who shared their career choices by making classroom presentations as well as those who helped me in the classroom during my career.  Thank you for helping to make learning fun and meaningful for the students.  Thanks to the parents who supported me as an administrator in both districts.

I would like to thank my family for their love and support: my husband of 36 years, Donald, daughters Dawn, Kris, and Samantha, son-in-law Joe Martinez and my three grandchildren, Aly, Megan, and Ethan.

Thank you to my mother Emily Griego and my late father Johnny Griego, as well as my mother-in-law Mary Romero and my late father in law Litra J. Romero.

I am a product of these loving and giving individuals and I am grateful to them for their love and support.

Josephine Romero

Las Vegas