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(Maegan Lemon – Daily Press)

Artesia Public Schools’ new teachers pose for a photo this morning at the Bulldog Beginnings Breakfast at the APS Administration Building. The Artesia Chamber of Commerce hosts the breakfast annually to welcome new teachers and staff to the APS system. Also recognized at the breakfast for 25 years of service to the district were Wilma Brannan, Connie Garcia, Oscar Moreno, John Ross Null, Tina Perez, Kevin Ross and Valerie Vaughn. New teachers pictured are: Melissa Bowen, science teacher, Artesia High School; Nicholle Bridgmon, third grade, Central Elementary; Jayde Burnell, special education teacher/coach, AHS; Koby Caton, athletic trainer, AHS; Joanna Devereax, English, AHS; Dr. Maria Haase, Spanish, AHS; Rita Harden, second grade, Yucca Elementary; Jenna Herrera, second grade, Yucca; Victoria Kidd, math, Park Junior High; Randi Kirkpatrick, family and consumer science, AHS; Jennifer Letcher, fourth grade, Yucca; Andrew Lopez, history teacher/coach, AHS; Vanessa Lopez, math teacher/coach, AHS; Ezekiel Montoya, English, AHS; Elizabeth Najar, Spanish, AHS; Rebecca Pedroza, fifth grade, Roselawn Elementary; Carla Richards, special education, Zia Intermediate; Koger Ryan, DD preschool, Grand Heights; Torey Salgado, science, AHS; Jennifer Urban, math, Park; Philip Whitney, fourth grade, Yucca; Jesse Wright, history teacher/coach AHS; Tori Wright, fourth grade, Yucca; and Karime Zubia, Spanish, AHS.