Honey Chavez loves her job as a first grade teacher for Uplift Community School in Gallup. And it’s likely that her kind, open and honest demeanor played a part in her being nominated, and winning, Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe teacher of the month.
“I was pleasantly surprised,” she said, when she learned that she was the teacher selected. “My students were so happy for me.”
Finding out that she was being honored was just the shot in the arm Chavez needed, as the news brought forth some bittersweet feelings as Uplift, a K-8 charter school, faces imminent closure at the end of the school year.
“It came at the right time,” she said. “Everyone is doing their best to keep...