Socorro AFT was sad to hear of the tragic loss of one of their own. Zelene Blancas, 35, was a Socorro AFT member and first grade teacher at Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary School, tragically died due to COVID-19 complications on December 28. Union members remember her for her kind spirit, and she was featured in a viral video two years ago that showed her offering her students a pick of a hug, hand shake, high five, or fist bump for their goodbye each day.
Socorro AFT will be honoring Blancas’ life with a special memorial bench. A link to donate to Blancas’ memorial will be made available by Socorro AFT shortly.