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NewIdentity 04-13-2019 03:28 PM


Zia 04-10-2019 02:54 PM

Thanks, everyone! <3

Claire 04-10-2019 02:47 PM

Awesome! Congratulations to you Zia!

checkerjane 04-08-2019 07:28 PM

Thatís awesome!!! Congrats!

MightyTeach 04-07-2019 03:59 PM

Congratulations! That is wonderful!

UVAgrl928 04-07-2019 08:39 AM

Yesssss girl!

Sam5 04-07-2019 03:48 AM


Hifiman 04-06-2019 08:00 PM

It is well deserved!

Sbkangas5 04-06-2019 05:26 PM

Congratulations! I know from your posts that this was a well-deserved award!

Zia 04-06-2019 04:51 PM

(It's not a NM thing, it's your district).

It's New Mexico, state-wide. Winners were from all over the state.
dutchgirl 04-06-2019 04:24 PM

Congrats! (It's not a NM thing, it's your district). We used to have a Red Apple award, but it was basically a popularity thing, and the same teachers got it almost every year. I was glad they discontinued it. Sounds like your Golden Apple is a legitimate award. Be proud of yourself! We are proud of you!

travelingfar 04-06-2019 04:12 PM

This is great news! What a wonderful accomplishment.

maui 04-06-2019 03:30 PM

Oh wow!!! Congratulations!!! What an awesome acknowledgement!!

teabreak 04-06-2019 01:24 PM

I can't think of anyone that would deserve this recognition more than you . Way to go!

suzyteach 04-06-2019 10:36 AM

How wonderful that you have been recognized is such a huge way. Congratulations! I'm pleased for you that you were so supported by your friends and P. Soak all that love in for a while.

Munchkins 04-06-2019 09:37 AM

Well deserved- you make PT proud!!!

Shelby3 04-06-2019 09:12 AM

What a great honor!

read2day 04-06-2019 08:46 AM

Wow, congratulations!

4leaves 04-06-2019 07:37 AM

We had it here for years and years, but it seems to have stopped being awarded. I won around 10 years ago, and it was televised. I get a couple of kids each year that have seen me on youtube. That is a little weird! Enjoy the moment!

JanetL 04-06-2019 06:12 AM

Hooray for you!

mizmamster13 04-06-2019 06:01 AM

Kudos to Zia! You make ProTeachers proud! That's quite an honor!


grade2rocks 04-06-2019 05:33 AM

Congratulations! Well-deserved.

momteach310 04-06-2019 05:18 AM


arsabl 04-06-2019 04:44 AM

How wonderful to be recognized for your daily efforts! Congrats!

GreyhoundGirl 04-06-2019 04:32 AM

Congratulations. I canít think of anyone who is more deserving Iíd such an amazing award.

IA11 04-06-2019 04:28 AM

Congratulations! What a great day!

Violets2 04-06-2019 04:09 AM

Congratulations! Quite an honor--Your day sounds fabulous--especially the evening

nyteacher29 04-06-2019 03:58 AM

Congratulations!!! So well deserved

Cassyree 04-06-2019 03:45 AM

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy when great teachers are appreciated and honored!

forkids2 04-06-2019 03:03 AM

Reading your post started my day with a smile. Congratulations!

h0kie 04-06-2019 02:49 AM

Congratulations! Support of coworkers that are also friends is invaluable.

teacherwriter 04-06-2019 02:39 AM


desert flower 04-05-2019 10:59 PM

Awwwww. Congratulations Zia! I'm happy for you.

twin2 04-05-2019 10:28 PM

Congratulations! This is a big deal. Glad you had such a happy time with this. The picture is small on my phone but I can feel the happiness in your smile, assuming I am looking at the right person.

Peaches Pears 04-05-2019 09:01 PM


lpt 04-05-2019 08:56 PM

We are so proud of you----way to go! Congratulations!

jov 04-05-2019 08:27 PM

That's wonderful... congrats!!!

ICrazyTeach 04-05-2019 08:08 PM


Zia 04-05-2019 08:02 PM

We have the Golden Apple Awards also. Was yours televised? They do that here.
The MC was a local newscaster and there were all kinds of cameras. I was not comfortable and didn't look too closely. It didn't occur to me until you said it that they might have been filming it. I'm really glad I didn't know that!
eagles23 04-05-2019 08:00 PM

Congratulations! Sounds like you found a great way to celebrate!

Cat woman 04-05-2019 07:59 PM

Congratulations! We have the Golden Apple Awards also. Was yours televised? They do that here.

amiga13 04-05-2019 07:57 PM

Sometimes good people get what they so richly deserve. Hooray for you!

anna 04-05-2019 07:49 PM

Sounds like a very fun and rewarding day! Congratulations!

Renea 04-05-2019 07:35 PM

Congratulations, Zia. I loved how you finished the day with friends... living the dream!

2teach2 04-05-2019 07:31 PM

Congratulations! That is a huge honor!

GraceKrispy 04-05-2019 07:29 PM

Congratulations!! What an honor Wow, that is quite some interview process. I'm not sure I've ever heard of the Golden Apple Award- not even when I lived in NM. I'm off to look it up.

hand 04-05-2019 07:15 PM

Congratulations! Your school and your students are so lucky to have you!

PEPteach 04-05-2019 07:11 PM

Congratulations! What an honor!

Zia 04-05-2019 07:09 PM

I was nominated for a Golden Apple Award--I dunno if that's just a New Mexico thing. Out of 322 nominees, I made the final cuts to win the 2019 Teacher of Distinction. It involved a ton of work to apply after the nomination and then a team of 3 came and lived in my pocket for an entire day in my classroom, followed by an intense interview session.

Today was the award ceremony. My P came with me. The super and school board president were a crowd of about 400. I didn't realize it was such a big deal 'til I saw the ballroom. And I had to walk in front of all of them to the stage. That was nerve wracking for me--I don't love ceremony-type events.

Our IC is one of my best friends and she crashed the event, just to support me! Then we ditched my P, went for drinks and to a spa for a soak, then out to dinner with two more friends.

As I sit here, exhausted, I am aware the love from my P and my friends means so much more than the award.

You might can make me out on the far right:

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