Beloved Sandia High teacher dies after long cancer fight | KOB 4

Beloved Sandia High teacher dies after long cancer fight Web Staff
December 04, 2017 12:45 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Anyone involved in education and activism in Albuquerque knew the name Paige Galvin.


Galvin, a long time teacher, mentor, and friend, died last week after a long fight with cancer. She taught at Sandia High School for many years, heading the special education department. She ran youth and government, model U.N., book groups — anything that got kids involved with something larger than life.

She inspired students to reach for the stars. One student, Maggie Oelsner-Sandoval, said she'll always remember Galvin's unapologetic demeanor and honest advice.

"Miss Galvin always encouraged us to advocate for ourselves, so I think my lasting impression is that I should always advocate for myself and I should always stand up for what I believe and never listen to anyone who thinks differently," Oelsner-Sandoval said. "I wouldn't be working where I am today. I wouldn't be working at the ACLU. I wouldn't have had a career in politics without her."

There will be a memorial service at the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill this Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

To honor Galvin, you can donate one of her favorite charities -- the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, the National Hispanic Cultural Center or the Guild Cinema. There is also a Facebook page honoring Galvin.

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