Alanis, Daniel retire after many years of service at MISD

MISD/Special to the Muleshoe Journal

Two longtime Muleshoe Independent School District teachers have decided to retire, said Superintendent Dr. R.L. Richards.
Connie Alanis is retiring after 28 years in the district, finishing up her career at DeShazo Elementary. Alanis worked five years as a teaching assistant at Dillman Elementary before returning to Eastern New Mexico University for her teaching degree. She then returned for 23 years of teaching third, fourth or fifth grade, or a combination thereof.
Alanis loved teaching all the kids, but some special memories are teaching the Folklorico dancers and performing at Cinco de Mayo celebrations. She is especially proud of her students that have become teachers, speech therapists, nurses, police officers and great citizens.
She prays to God that she has made a difference in the lives of students. Some of her best memories are when students come back to say she was their favorite teacher or that she made a difference in their lives.
Alanis has decided to look to the next part of her life and would like to “take a year to play around, and then decide what she wants to be when she grows up.”
“Thanks to Mrs. Alanis for the great relationships, memories and making a difference in kid’s lives!” Richards said.
Jim Daniel also submitted his retirement letter on Thursday. Daniel has represented our school with his quick wit, relationship building and public speaking ability for many years.
For 18 years Daniel developed strong relationships with students at Muleshoe High Schools. He taught social studies for 13 years and then taught ag science for the last five years. He developed many strong relationships with students and staff and was elected by the senior class to give the graduation speech seven times.
Daniel is “not a rocking chair man,” and is currently running for county commissioner. He also plans to spend time with his grandkids and family and training horses.
And even though Daniel said he was not in a position to give anyone advice, he quipped “Do all you can, the best you can!”
“Daniel will be missed by so many for the humor, fun and openness in his life,” Richards said. “May God continue to bless Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Alanis in their decision to retire.”

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