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Scholarship Helps Student Fulfill Dreams

Crystal Trujillo Morgan

“I want to inspire bilingual children the way I was inspired at a young age.”

Albuquerque Native Plans Career Teaching Young Bicultural Children

“Ever since I was a little girl I knew that I wanted to be a teacher,” says Crystal Trujillo-Morgan, the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Dolores Gonzales Memorial Scholarship. Completing her third semester of student teaching at La Mesa Elementary School in Albuquerque, Crystal is graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Education with endorsements in Bilingual Education and as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Crystal is following in the footsteps of her mother who is a bilingual elementary teacher in Albuquerque. “My passion for teaching comes from my mother,” says Crystal. “She has inspired me to work hard and accomplish my goals.”

The Dolores Gonzales scholarship supports students actively involved in bilingual, bicultural education. Crystal believes strongly in helping students learn English while also supporting efforts to retain their native language and culture. Fluent in both English and Spanish, she counts herself fortunate to have been placed in a bilingual program during elementary school, from first through fifth grade. “I want to inspire bilingual children the way I was inspired at a young age,” she says.

Third Grade Performance

During Literacy Week at La Mesa Elementary School in Albuquerque, children bring to life an Aboriginal creation tale from the book Sun Mother Wakes the World.

As a student teacher at La Mesa Elementary, Crystal has appreciated the opportunity to work with bilingual students, both in fifth grade and kindergarten. “I especially enjoy seeing the growth of the kindergarten students,” she says.

In addition to finishing her degree, Crystal volunteers with La Cosecha, an annual conference that supports dual language education programs in New Mexico.