John Hyson Educational
by Michelle McRuiz
A Light in Chimayo
typical day in Sadie Boyer's life sounds
like that of a CEO---beginning before dawn and ending well past
most people's bedtime, breaks are infrequent and her work knows
no end. Sadie is the director and head teacher of John Hyson
Educational Center in Chimayó, New Mexico. John Hyson,
the only elementary Presbyterian mission school left in New Mexico,
has been educating children for 101 years. Its past is rich with
stories of Presbyterian women dedicated to bringing formal schooling
and the Word of God to the Chimayó community.
Dedication was intrinsic to the dozens of Presbyterian women
who came from around the United States to teach at John Hyson.
Unlike the 37 children from preschool through sixth grade who
attend the school today, the school's first students were teenagers
and adults. They spoke no English and the first mission teachers
spoke no Spanish. In addition, the northern New Mexico village
of Chimayó was an isolated one. Families were poor and
largely uneducated, mail came once or twice a week and doctors
To find out how does this
Presbyterian mission school make a difference in the community?
The children? order your own copy of Horizons today. Call 800/524-2612 and request HZN-02-250.
Michelle McRuiz lives in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, where she works at Menaul School as the communications
and database manager.
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