New America School leader recognized nationally for work supporting charter schools

LAS CRUCES – A local school leader garnered national recognition for her work supporting charter schools in the community.

New America School-Las Cruces Superintendent and Principal Margarita Leza Porter received the 2022 Changemaker Award from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools — an annual award given to 10 people nationally for their work with charter schools.

“The accolades that I’ve received have just been wonderful,” Leza Porter said. “It just affirms that I do what I love, and I love what I do.”

Leza Porter said she is glad to represent Las Cruces and New Mexico with this award. She hopes that more parents will recognize the value of charter schools for certain learners.

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Her recognition was broadcast at a virtual ceremony on Thursday.

Leza Porter said she was honored when she was first nominated by Matthew Pahl, the executive director of Public Charter Schools of New Mexico. She said she learned of her nomination from her in early March and heard she was in the top 10 at the end of March.

“I was in tears. I was speechless,” Leza Porter said. “Even now, when I think about it, I just, I’m just taken aback. I’m just so, so honored and incredibly grateful for this recognition. I come to work and do my best every single day because that’s who I am. For somebody to recognize it is just so amazing. I do it for my students and my learning community, I don’t do it to be recognized.”

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