Pat S. Graff

Journalism/Humanities/Social Studies, 9th – 12th,
La Cueva High, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Total years as a classroom teacher: 29


Oklahoma State University Bachelors Degree of Science 1976
University of New Mexico Continuing Education  
Indiana University Continuing Education  

Teaching Experience

1986-present Grade 9-12, English Journalism, Humanities, Social Studies, La Cueva High, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1976 – 1986 Grade 7-8, English, Journalism, Social Studies, French, Cleveland Middle School, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1991 -present Teaching summer journalism workshops, Indiana, Washington, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, and Minnesota
1991 – 2005 ABQ Homework Hotline, PreK-Adult, telephone support for homework

Special Recognition

2004 Governors Award for Outstanding New Mexico Woman
2001 Distinguished Service Award – National Council of Teachers of English
1999 Medal of Merit – Journalism Education Association
1999 Pioneer Award – National Scholastic Press
1998 Education Excellence Award – Association for School Curriculum Development
1996 YMCA Woman on the Move Award
1995 New Mexico Teacher of the Year
1995 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year
1993 New Mexico Press Woman of the Year
1992 President’s Award, New Mexico Public Relations Society
1991 New Mexico Publications Adviser of the Year
1991 New Mexico English Teacher of the Year


  • Pat thinks of herself as “bridge-builder” between different
    organizations, groups, the media, and business. She also believes that
    when her professional work is relevant and effective, it comes through
    in her students’ work.
  • Pat’s students have interviewed, in person, Spike Lee, Jesse Jackson, George H. W. Bush, and numerous state and local leaders.

“She [Pat] does not just teach well, which many teachers do; she
takes it one step further and makes sure that the students are
recognized. It is this recognition that gives her students the
motivation to work diligently and want to please her. Recognition to a
student cannot be understated.”

Mariaelana Casanova, Colleague and Parent

“It’s impressive as to how many former students return to our school
and give credit to Pat for her help and expertise in putting them on
their current career path. If students are truly the measure of a
teacher’s success, Pat’s success is legion.”

Jim Zalewski, English Department Co-Chair, La Cueva High