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Nominees must have lived in Region 19 and Southern New Mexico for a minimum number of consecutive years, must meet award criteria and represent a high standard in supporting award category efforts.
Multiple Years Winner – 2nd-year nominees can be eligible to win in a different category.
The “Outstanding School Achievement Award” can also go to a “club” associated with a school.

Award Criteria
The nominee must have achieved a high degree of recognizable success and accomplishment in his/her category of nomination. The individual’s contribution must have developed over an extended period of time and should not be limited to a single feat. The nominee should not only be successful in his/her area of work or profession but must have also gone beyond his/her call of duty and demonstrated service to his/her community. The nominee must be of good moral character to serve as a positive role model for youth.

Award Categories
CREEED Education Leadership Award
El Paso Electric Regional Innovator Award
Glassell Family Foundation Inspirational Pathway Award
Prudential Math Architect Award
Entrepreneurship Producer Award
Outstanding School Achievement Award
STEAM Creator Award
Technology Cultivator Award

2019 Keynote Speaker

- Alfredo Corchado

Alfredo Corchado is the Mexico Border correspondent for the Dallas Morning News and author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness. Born in Durango, Mexico, he was raised in California and Texas. He worked the fields of California alongside his parents who were members of the United Farm Workers union led by Cesar Chavez. Corchado began his career in journalism at the El Paso Herald-Post, before working for the Wall Street Journal in 1987. He is a 2009 Nieman, Woodrow Wilson, Rockefeller, Lannan, USMEX and IOP fellow, and the winner of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize and Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for Courage in Journalism. He has reported on the reach of Mexican drug cartels into the United States, the plight of Mexican and Central American immigrants in the U.S. and government corruption on both sides of the border and debate about immigration. He was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2018. He is also a former director of the Borderlands Program at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Corchado lives between El Paso and Mexico City but calls the border home. His latest book, HOMELANDS, was launched June 5, 2018. Paperback launch is September 2019.

2019 Sponsors

2019 Honored Educators

  • El Paso Electric Regional Innovator Award, Lauren Curry, New Mexico State University
  • Microsoft Technology Cultivator Award, James Ryan, Frank Macias Elementary, Clint ISD
  • Prudential Math Architect Award, Sergio Estrada, Riverside High School, YISD
  • CREEED Education Leadership Award, Margie Nelson Rodriguez, El Paso Community College
  • Glassell Family Foundation Inspirational Pathway Award, Hector Lugo Nevarez, University of Texas at El Paso
  • STTE Foundation Entrepreneurship Producer Award, Michael Nelson, Fab Labs El Paso
  • Outstanding School Achievement Award, Manuela Gomez, Professor, El Paso Community College, Philosophy Club
  • STEAM Creator Award, Alejandra Galindo, Clint ISD

Nov. 14, 2019 – As the nation continues its unprecedented focus on math, science, technology and entrepreneurship, a coalition of El Pasoans have identified a select group of local educators who are preparing this region’s next generation of professionals to become leaders in the expeditiously evolving technology fields.

These eight educators — stellar performers from campus programs throughout El Paso and Las Cruces — were honored at a banquet on Thursday, November 14th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Hotel in El Paso. This annual platform highlights individuals who are successfully inspiring students with innovative, engaging instruction and experience. 

Additionally, the Success Through Technology Education Foundation launched a scholarship by the name of the Estela Casas Education Scholarship Fund. The intention of this scholarship is to allocate funds and reward high school students who wish to create entrepreneurial solutions in the field of health technology.

Proceeds will go towards STTE Foundation general operations that support youth programs and initiatives that prepare for a future career and eventually a talent pipeline for workforce development.

Only a limited number of sponsor packets with full program credit are available.

STTE Foundation is funded by CREED and additional support from Glassell Family Foundation, CoWork Oasis, El Paso Electric, and Workforce Solutions Borderplex inc. STTE Foundation works under the Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation, which is a non-profit “501 (c)(3)” tax-exempt organization.

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