IT’S summer and school is out, but Phyllis Vigil can still be found in her classroom. 

The first-grade teacher at Sierra Grande in Fort Garland understands the important role she plays in the lives of her students and she’ll do whatever it takes to make sure she’s ready and they’re ready for a new school year, including spending her summer in preparation.

“Being an educator to me means giving all of your heart,” she says.

She will be in her classroom at least once a week through June, July and into August ahead of the new school year. She’ll reflect on the previous year and what she can “tweak” to make the classroom even more welcoming to the students who are just beginning their school years.

“I always strive to make my teaching better,” she says.

And that’s why she is one of the San Luis Valley’s outstanding educators.

Heres Vigil talking about her work:

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