Denise Briggs graduated with Honors from NMSU in December of 1989 and was the College of Education's Outstanding Senior. She earned her Masters Degree in Special Education with Gifted emphasis in 2010. She has been with Las Cruces Public Schools for 26 years. She holds both a Level III Professional K-8 Elementary with Gifted Endorsement and a Level III B-3 Early Childhood License with Gifted Endorsement. Currently she is the Instructional Specialist at Hillrise Elementary. Ms. Briggs has been the recipient of many awards including the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Crystal Apple Education Award, NMSU Teaching Academy's Wall of Honor, Las Cruces Public Schools Teacher of the Year Finalist, the Legislature of the State of New Mexico Outstanding Achievement Award, two PDK Excellence in Education Awards, and a New Mexico Research and Study Council Quality Education Award.