Beloved educator leaves a lasting touch

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  • Beloved educator leaves a lasting touch

    Mel Gallegos of Santa Fe sings for residents of Ponce De Leon Retirement Center on Nov. 7. Gallegos is one of The New Mexican’s 10 Who Made a Difference in 2013. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 8:16 pm

Mel Gallegos not only lights up a room just by entering it, but his sense of kindness and caring keep it lit well after he’s left.

Just ask anyone who knows the 68-year-old Agua Fría musician, community activist, former language-arts teacher and coach at several Santa Fe schools.

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  • Jeff Varela posted at 11:59 am on Mon, Mar 31, 2014.

    JayVee Posts: 15

    A true community leader-by-example...Mel Gallegos exemplifies this! He was my English teacher, and football, basketball and track coach at BF Young Jr. High. Never will forget those football practices on the dirt and sticker field next to BF Young! Congrats Mr. Gallegos!

  • William Mee posted at 8:41 pm on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    WilliamHenryMee Posts: 104

    The article also says "community activist" but then doesn't state what he did. In recent history he has been an Agua Fria Village Association member since 1993 and continues attending meetings. Before that he was a founding member of the SouthWest Area TaskForce (SWAT). He also served on the Agua Fria Community Planning Committee and the Agua Fria Development Review Committee. He is the "uncle" ---Tio of so many of our youth in the Village. He and his brothers, like Johnny, put the roof on the Rosario Chapel. His Alameda basketball team was undefeated for 4-5 years. He has such a good coaching style that it inspires confidence.

    I remember he was the Track coach at Ortiz Middle School and my son and his friend Jeremy were the equipment managers for the team. The team had a lot of flu so they were short players. Rubel got my son to run in the Relay Race and he placed fourth---just by telling him he could do it. We have the ribbon of the Los Lunas Pepe Fraser Memorial meet to this day. Also we had the state shotput champion Jerry Gurule. He turned in a throw that was like a state record, but was in jeopardy of not having it count because there were no other entries from Ortiz. So Rubel got my son to do it and he placed 20th but Jerry got to keep therecord.

  • Brian Serna posted at 9:54 am on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    BrianSerna Posts: 2

    Mr. Gallegos was my English teacher at Alameda Jr. High school and he made an impact on me. I was impressed that after not seeing him for at least ten years he still remembered me. He deserves this recognition.


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