There aren’t many careers in the world with as much of an opportunity to make an impact as there are for educators. Good teachers can inspire their students in a way that can last a lifetime. Carlsbad is blessed to have a long history of excellent educators, including those who have retired but who remain involved in our community.
We’re honored to be recognizing several outstanding former teachers at the upcoming “Cavemen Strong” scholarship event on Dec. 8. We didn’t get to recognize any educators last year due to the COVID-19 shutdown, but this year we have an excellent list. This year’s recognition will include two of our fine arts educators – Deanna Garringer and Carol Brashear, as well as Teresa Beeman, Donna Graham, Vicki Jenkins and Jo Raye Jenkins. These lifelong educators still enjoy running into their students around town. Together, these women have inspired and guided generations.
The annual Cavemen Strong event began several years ago. It is hosted by Ricky Garcia and his wife, Bellzora. This year, Becky Thompson and Lucy Yanez will be inducted into the “Cavemen Strong” Hall of Fame. Lucy is a very well known icon of the Carlsbad community. Becky has already been inducted into numerous halls of fame, including Carlsbad’s own. Bill Barnhart has been selected as the Outstanding Citizen. You see Bill out and about around town, often picking up trash. First responders recognized will include Gilbert Gomez (Eddy County Sheriff’s Department) and Brad Henson (Carlsbad Fire Department), while the Carlsbad Police Department’s winner will soon be announced.
Finally, scholarship winners will be Zaaven Spillman, Tavin Allen and Devin Dominguez. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the NMSU-C gymnasium.
From the Office of Mayor Dale Janway