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Who is Katherine Powers Gallegos?
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Katherine Powers Gallegos was an employee of the Los Lunas Schools for 43 years. Mrs. Gallegos was an elementary teacher, an elementary principal, and a director of instruction. In 1969 she co-authored and edited a book entitled INDIO AND HISPANO CHILD - IMPROVING HIS SELF IMAGE. This publication was used as a mode for curriculum in many ethnic studies publications. In 1978 she won first prize in a song writing contest for her song about Los Lunas. After retiring from the Los Lunas Schools, Mrs. Gallegos worked as a Librarian for the Village of Los Lunas. She still encourages children in the community to read.

Mrs. Gallegos has supported the families and children of Los Lunas for many years. She is known for helping families purchase clothing and food. She has offered encouragement and moral support when needed. This has been done willingly, sincerely and unselfishly.

Mrs. Gallegos is considered to be a “pioneer woman”. She is a wonderful role model for all women. While having a successful career, she was also raising a family of four children. Her contribution to education and her community involvement are outstanding. Her generosity and encouragement to students of all ages is unequaled.

It is a privilege to have our school named for Katherine Powers Gallegos. On October 18 we celebrated “Katherine Gallegos Day”. The children of our school gave Mrs. Gallegos a book titled OUR SCHOOL IS SPECIAL. Every class wrote a story telling her about our school. Mrs. Gallegos told us stories about her life growing up in New Mexico. She recited a poem "Little Orphan Annie" written by James Whitcomb Riley. Katherine Gallegos is our special friend.