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This profile was last updated on 5/1/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Teacher

Phone: (505) ***-****  HQ Phone
Lew Wallace Elementary School
513 6Th St Nw
Albuquerque , New Mexico 87102
United States

 
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Caring teacher surprised with new SUV ...
www.abqjournal.com, 1 May 2015 [cached]
Caring teacher surprised with new SUV | Sonya Romero, a teacher at Lew Wallace Elementary School, received a Ford Edge this week from The Ellen DeGeneres Show for her compassionate work with students. The school received a $10,000 check from Shutterfly. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal) Caring teacher surprised with new SUV | Albuquerque Journal News
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Sonya Romero, a teacher at Lew Wallace Elementary School, received a Ford Edge this week from The Ellen DeGeneres Show for her compassionate work with students. The school received a $10,000 check from Shutterfly. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)
Sonya Romero, a teacher at Lew Wallace Elementary School, received a Ford Edge this week from The Ellen DeGeneres Show for her compassionate work with students.
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Last month DeGeneres flew Romero to Los Angeles for her talk show and presented her with two $10,000 checks donated by Target, one for the teacher and another for her school.
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The car Romero drives is 8 years old, has more than 200,000 miles on it, and needed major repairs before she could take her 14-year-old son and her foster daughters, 8 and 9, on a planned getaway to Colorado later this month. She and her kids will pick out features and the color of the car before it is delivered in time for the trip: "We are thrilled beyond thrilled. The girls have never been outside of town, so this is a real adventure for them."
Her story first came to light in The Washington Post, when she commented on a national survey about poverty in the nation's public schools.
"Poverty matters. Hunger matters," she said. "At our school, we've decided that our kids' needs come first. Nobody will be left behind. She repeated what she's said before, that all Lew Wallace teachers care for students like she does. "Teachers are first responders."
Principal Anne Marie Strangio says all 20 of her teachers "are rock stars, but Sonya's the only one who's taken her students into her home."
Big-hearted teacher honored for going ...
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Big-hearted teacher honored for going above and beyond | Sonya Romero was surprised by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" this week when she was given $10,000 for her work at downtown Albuquerque's Lew Wallace Elementary School. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal) Big-hearted teacher honored for going above and beyond | Albuquerque Journal News
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Sonya Romero was surprised by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" this week when she was given $10,000 for her work at downtown Albuquerque's Lew Wallace Elementary School. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal) Sonya Romero was surprised by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" this week when she was given $10,000 for her work at downtown Albuquerque's Lew Wallace Elementary School. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)
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Sonya Romero was brought up to believe that what you have, you share.
In her 20 years as an educator, the Lew Wallace Elementary teacher has shared plenty - providing clothes, food, even a home, to students in need.
Ellen DeGeneres surprised teacher Sonya Romero with a couple of big checks during an appearance on the television show this week. (Source: EllenTube/YouTube)
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Ellen DeGeneres surprised teacher Sonya Romero with a couple of big checks during an appearance on the television show this week. (Source: EllenTube/YouTube)
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"I couldn't believe the entire school kept it a secret," Romero said. "I was crying (on the show) because it was just this beautiful, humbling moment."
The 40-year-old kindergarten teacher was featured on the show Thursday afternoon because she is known for going above and beyond in the classroom, and in the children's personal lives.
In a school that provides free or reduced-price lunches to 75 percent of its students, Romero often gives breakfast to students who haven't eaten and clean clothes to those who have none and slips a $20 bill to struggling families.
"I was brought up that what you have, you share and, if you have a gift, you give it back," said Romero,.
Last year around Thanksgiving, two of Romero's former students were in a dire family situation. Child protective services told the school the two sisters would be placed in a foster family and transferred to a different school, uprooting their lives.
Romero, a single parent with a teenage son, said she would take them in. They've been part of her and her son's home ever since.
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" learned of Romero's story after she was interviewed in a Washington Post article about students living in poverty and on a local news segment.
Last week, the show's producers contacted Romero and told her they liked her story, and said they would fly her to Los Angeles to be part of the audience during a show.
On the day of the show, the producers informed Romero that first lady Michelle Obama was a guest and, with security tight, Romero wouldn't be able to attend the show. On the day of the show, the producers informed Romero that first lady Michelle Obama was a guest and, with security tight, Romero wouldn't be able to attend the show.
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Romero traveled to Los Angeles again with her 14-year-old son earlier this week. Seated under the stage's bright lights, Romero watched DeGeneres interview guests and even danced with her in the aisles. It wasn't until she was called on stage that she realized something else was going on.
The show played a video of Romero's students, who said Romero makes them feel safe and inspired to learn. Teachers also attested to Romero's big heart.
Romero became emotional but was floored when DeGeneres told her Target wanted to give her $10,000 and donate another $10,000 to the school.
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Sonya Romero, a kindergarten teacher at Lew Wallace Elementary School, is known for going above and beyond in the classroom, often feeding and providing clothes to students with families in crisis. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)
Sonya Romero, a kindergarten teacher at Lew Wallace Elementary School, is known for going above and beyond in the classroom, often feeding and providing clothes to students with families in crisis. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)
Romero was grateful the show honored her as a teacher but said that, while she was able to share her own story, she's not an exception.
"Our whole staff rallies around families in crisis, whether it's taking them meals or caring for a child while a parent is in the hospital," Romero said.
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Romero doesn't know what she'll do with her money, but she first plans to treat her colleagues to a fancy luncheon Wednesday to celebrate and thank them for supporting her.
"With so many pressures, we as educators get bogged down and think, 'Does what I'm doing matter?'" Romero said.
Sonya Romero is kindergarten ...
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Sonya Romero is kindergarten teacher at Lew Wallace Elementary in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She "sat"...
Sonya Romero, who teaches ...
www.daily-times.com, 25 April 2013 [cached]
Sonya Romero, who teaches bilingual kindergarten classes at Lew Wallace Elementary School in Albuquerque, was among those who opposed Skandera's confirmation last winter. Romero said Skandera did not understand the challenges and demands that teachers face each day.
Sonya Romero, a kindergarten ...
www.daily-times.com, 28 Feb 2013 [cached]
Sonya Romero, a kindergarten teacher at Lew Wallace Elementary School in Albuquerque, said Skandera did not understand the challenges and demands that teachers face each day.
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Romero has come to know Skandera as a member of a 21-member state committee working on teacher evaluation policies.
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Romero said she would speak in opposition to Skandera's confirmation.
"I think she's a very pleasant person and articulate. Her policies are not in the best interest of schools," Romero said.
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