Zuni Pueblo Educator Roy Biñas Basa Honored as 2024 New Mexico Teacher of the Year

 Zuni Pueblo Educator Roy Biñas Basa Honored as 2024 New Mexico Teacher of the Year In a testament to his unwavering commitment to educational excellence and innovation, Roy Biñas Basa has been named the 2024 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. The announcement, made by the New Mexico Public Education Department in partnership with the New Mexico Gas and Oil Association, celebrates Basa’s remarkable contributions to the field of education and his role as a transformative leader in the classroom.

Basa’s journey to this prestigious accolade is marked by distinction and a deep passion for lifelong learning. Holding a Ph.D. and Master in Educational Management from the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in the Philippines, among other degrees, Basa’s academic qualifications are extensive. His commitment to professional growth is evident through certifications such as TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and an International Teaching License, reflecting his dedication to providing equitable access to quality education.

As an educator at Twin Buttes Cyber Academy in the Zuni Pueblo, Basa embodies innovation in education. The school’s alternative paths to graduation, blending online learning, in-person instruction and specialized career learning, provide students with diverse opportunities for success. Basa’s teaching methodology, emphasizing hands-on scientific exploration and engineering innovation, has yielded notable achievements for his students, including success in prestigious competitions like the 2022 New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge and the International HOSA International Research Competition.

Reflecting on his teaching philosophy, Basa remarked, “Education is one of the most potent tools for elevating our economic and social status.” His approach integrates diverse fields of expertise, catering to a wide range of student needs and interests. Basa’s dedication to fostering a culture of continuous learning extends beyond the classroom, as evidenced by his published works that leverage literature and storytelling to enhance student engagement and understanding of complex scientific concepts.

The 2024 New Mexico Teacher of the Year award is a testament to Basa’s long list of accolades, including the 2023 New Mexico Academy of Science Outstanding Science Teacher award and the 2023 Shell Urban Science Educator Development Award. His recognition highlights the transformative impact of dedicated educators in shaping the future of students and communities alike.

Among the finalists for this year’s Teacher of the Year were Christopher Speck, Ray Rodriguez, Christine Holder, Veronica Jimenez, Drew Sedrel and Melissa Lengstorf. These educators represent the collective dedication and excellence of New Mexico’s teaching community, each contributing to the rich tapestry of educational success in the state.

Roy Biñas Basa’s recognition as the 2024 New Mexico Teacher of the Year is not just a personal triumph but a celebration of the transformative power of education and the profound impact of dedicated educators on shaping the future.

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