Chamisa Elementary School Teacher Carolyn Torres Receives 2023 Excellence In STEM Award

Chamisa Elementary School third grade teacher Carolyn Torres. Photo Courtesy LAPS


Chamisa Elementary School teacher Carolyn Torres is one of 12 winners of the 2023 Excellence in STEM Awards, aka the STEMYS, recently announced by the Air Force Research Lab Tech Engagement Office. The annual awards honor students, teachers, volunteers and other New Mexicans doing great things in science, technology,  engineering and math education. 

“The 2023 STEMY Winners are an outstanding group of individuals  and organizations that are doing great work in STEM education,”  Gabe Mounce, Director of the AFRL Tech Engagement Office said.  “We had so many accomplished nominees this year that it was difficult to narrow down the list. That is a testament to the qualifications of this year’s winners  and the strength of STEM education initiatives in New Mexico overall.” 

Carolyn’s response to the award was “I am honored to receive this award in conjunction with so  many other highly qualified educators. I hope to continue to support students in STEM at the  elementary level and encourage them to become the thinkers and builders of tomorrow.” 

Mrs. Torres is a National Board Certified teacher who has been teaching for 32 years. In 2014,  she was named the New Mexico State Teacher of the Year. She also was a National Voya STEM  Fellow from 2017-2020. She is currently a 3rd grade teacher at Chamisa Elementary School. 

The winners will be celebrated at a ceremony on Friday, June 23 at Q Station in Albuquerque. In addition to the awards, some category winners will receive $1,500. 

2023 STEMY Winners: 

Category Winner School/Organization
Student K-8 Journey Allison Albuquerque Institute for Math & Science
Student 9-12 Ixchel Valentino Homeschool
Student 9-12 Aaron Chand Tucumcari High School
Educator K-8 Carolyn Torres Chamisa Elementary (White Rock)
Educator 9-12 Jennifer Nilvo School of Dreams Academy
School Desert Willow Family School
Higher Ed Engineering Student Success  CenterUniversity of New Mexico
Advisor/Coach La Tonya Jenkins Greater ABQ National Society of Black Engineers Jr. Chapter
Mentor Dr. Curtis O’Malley New Mexico Tech
Non-Profit Asombro Institute for Science Education
Small Business Construction Survey Technologies  Inc.
Large  BusinessPermian Strategic Partnership

About the AFRL Tech Engagement Office: 
The AFRL Tech Engagement Office handles tech transfer/commercialization and STEM  education outreach programs for Air Force Research Lab New Mexico. These programs are  administered through agreements with various partners, including the New Mexico Trade  Alliance, New Mexico Tech University and Central New Mexico Community College.