TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: JOE DAN LOVATO

TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: JOE DAN LOVATO

Being a teacher and musician gives me the platforms necessary to invoke change in the most positive manner possible. We develop life-long learners who are inspired to continue to learn with the mind-set to invoke newly acquired knowledge into positive change. As educators, we are agents of change who transform our students into the next generation of agents of change, and so the cycle continues. We are public servants who are given the task of creating intelligent thinkers who become positive contributors to society. This is the legacy that we as educators will leave behind for others to foster and build upon.”

Joe Dan M. Lovato is a full-time science educator and musician originally from Roy, New Mexico. He earned a BA in Education from ENMU in 2007, a MA in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from ENMU in 2014, and he is currently finishing his Educational Administration Licensure requirements from ENMU as well. He possesses a Level III-A license in both K-8 Elementary and Pre K-12 Special Education along with endorsements in Science and Health. Joe Dan is in his 10th
year of teaching at La Resolana Leadership Academy. LRLA is a charter middle school located in the heart of Albuquerque. Along with teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science at the school; he also teaches the 8th
grade Next-Step class, the STEAM-H elective with a focus on agriculture and climate change, and incentive electives in cryptozoology, extraterrestrial/paranormal investigations, and a guitar workshop. The New Mexico Public Education Department recognized Joe Dan as a finalist for the 2018 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. He was also nominated for the 2017 New Mexico Academy of Science Outstanding Science Teacher.
Joe Dan is also a singer, song writer, and guitarist who has played with a variety of musicians and he’s shared the stage with many different bands and artists throughout the years. He was a member of the local progressive rock band Blackwater Draw (2006-2015) and he has since embarked on a solo career under the moniker “Joe Dan The Man”. He released his debut, self-titled EP in 2015 with positive reviews and is currently working on a full-length album.


Joe Dan is getting used to his new job and title, “dad”, as he and his wife Brandi brought their first child, Joe Danna Lee Lovato, into this world. Much of what Joe Dan does at his small school revolves around the concept of family. Community, in essence, is family. He presents experiential learning opportunities to his students through the field trips and projects that he celebrates at his school. He has experienced many personal accomplishments throughout his teaching career; each with different magnitudes of gratification for knowing that the world is a better place because of the individuals that he came into contact with. His passion for knowledge and sharing that knowledge is contagious to others.

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