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Valerie Aguirre

Position: Secretary
School: Sandia Vista Elementary School
School District: Rio Rancho Public Schools
City, State: Rio Rancho, NM

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Valerie Aguirre was nominated by Yvonne Balli, the parent of a student.

When Balli moved to New Mexico two years ago, she enrolled her sons in Sandia Vista Elementary School. Upon entering school, Balli was introduced to the front desk secretary, Ms. Aguirre. She was warm, welcoming, and learned everything about Balli and her family.

"She remembered everything, and I truly mean it - about my boys, our family, their classes, and their personalities," Balli said. "At first, I figured it was because she had a good memory or because we were new, but as time passed, I realized she gets to know every child and loves them all equally."

Ms. Aguirre is an educator who knows every student by their first and last name. She treats parents and family members with respect and makes their children feel special. She knows everything about the front desk and recently trained a new staff member. Everyone depends on Ms. Aguirre to stay informed and keep things running smoothly.

"My boys really adore her and say nothing but positive things about her," Balli said. "Mrs. Valerie is always so positive, shows up with a smile and is always nicely dressed. I really appreciate her because I have trust and faith in her if I ever need her. She's an amazing role model!"