Author: Isaac Rivas-Savell

NMPED Teacher Liaison


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.

Family Engagement with Gloria Ruiz

Family Engagement with Gloria Ruiz

We are excited to share the third in our series of podcasts related to educational issues.  Please listen in as we interview the movers and shakers in New Mexico education.  Our third podcast features Gloria Ruiz, Family Engagement Coordinator, where she provides an overview how parental involvement has evolved to family engagement and explains how teachers can make tweaks to their current practices to elevate their work with parents and families.





How to Bring Socratic Seminar to Your Classroom

People sometimes ask me what Socratic seminar is, whether it would work for any grade or subject area, and most of all: is it worth the effort?

Socratic seminar is named for the ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, one of the most famous teachers of the Western world. Socrates did not teach by lecturing. He taught by questioning.  And his questioning sometimes seemed to draw wisdom out of his students that they did not know they had. Socrates still embodies what we mean when we call someone a philosopher, a name that the ancient Greeks coined from two root words: philos and sophos.  Philos meant love, as in philanthropy, the love of mankind.  Sophos meant wisdom. Philosophers are therefore lovers of wisdom, and this is exactly why you should bring the Socratic Method into your classroom.

So what does the Socratic Method look like in your classroom? Picture students sitting in a circle, or around a large table, or if that’s not possible, sitting around the edges of the room looking towards the center so that they can make eye contact with one another.  A student or a teacher asks an “opening question.”  This does not have to be the only question discussed, but begins a discussion.  You have classroom discussions all the time, but this is a formalized discussion, and one that takes the time to reach a much deeper level of understanding.

Why teach your students to participate in this kind of formal discussion? Socratic seminar:

  • Is enjoyed by students
  • Teaches the art of questioning
  • Teaches higher-level thought, which is a skill
  • Allows students to speak to each other, rather than to the teacher, in a formal setting
  • Can unite the class as a team looking for the truth or truths
  • Engages students with a topic in a new way
  • Appeals to students who struggle with academics
  • Is a kind of “writing aloud” activity, so is a great lead-in to writing on a following day
  • Can be modified for nearly all ages
  • Can be modified for all levels of shyness
  • Leaves students asking for more.

Whether it is a high school or an elementary classroom, and whether it is an English class, science, art, or history, this method of discussion and teamwork resonates with students, and will engage them at a higher level.

But how to teach this? Questioning is a skill in itself and an exercise in higher level thought.   Ideally, have the students write their own questions for their seminar, either individually or in a group. They will require instruction on what an “essential universal question” is; it is not a yes or no question, but one that opens up a deeper discussion.  For example, if the student suggests the question, “Is Naomi’s mother nice?” other students (or you, the facilitator) can deepen that question by asking, “Was Naomi’s mother a good mother?”  To make the question universal, it becomes, “What is a good mother?” and even, “What makes a good person?”

I sometimes project everyone’s questions on a screen; this allows students to reflect on just how much there is to discuss. If you use Google Classroom, students can post their questions to a public forum or list that you can then project.

Don’t be afraid to delve into the impossible. Students are just as equipped as we are to explore the deepest questions of humanity; what they lack in experience, they make up for in directness, curiosity, and simplicity.

Allow students (and yourself) to luxuriate in those questions that so often do not get asked:   Why are we here?   What is morality?  What are good and evil?  Is there a right and a wrong?  What are the problems with saying that there is not a right and a wrong?  What makes a hero?  Is love important?  Where does prejudice come from?  Is it possible to achieve peace?  My ninth graders this year repeatedly asked to discuss the meaning of life, and though there was some humor and irreverence in the discussion, there was also a real discussion taking place, surprising them, I think, though they may have thought they were surprising me.

The day before the seminar, go over the rules.

1. Students should speak to each other instead of to the teacher. Since this will take them some time to get used to, you as the facilitator can give them gentle reminders.

2. Students must react to what is said rather than ignoring it and jumping in with an unrelated statement.  Teach them how this sounds in practice: “I agree with Maya, but I think that….”  Or, “I think both Cyrus and Juan are right, and I want to add….”   Or, “I think so far we are missing the point, because…”

3.  Students do not need to raise hands as long as they take turns.

4.  While everyone should participate for an A, no one should dominate.  This is their chance to learn to have a balanced role.

5. Disagreements are normal and expected, even encouraged.  But no one should insult or disrespect another person for their opinion, and certainly not for a belief system.

6.  Remind students that if they can learn to discuss difficult issues and ideas with their peers, they can become leaders, and just possibly save the world, or at least their own community.

7.  Encourage students to act as a team.  In the middle of the circle or table are ideas, and the team is grappling with them together.

What about the shy? You as facilitator can sometimes stop the seminar to allow those who have not spoken to get a word in edgewise.  You can even call on the shyest members of the class directly, explaining that you can raise their grade if they can express an opinion on the current question, and more importantly, that their voice matters.

Too many kids in the classroom? There are various tricks you can try, such as outer circle and inner circle, where the outer circle takes notes on the inner circle’s seminar.  You can also use Popsicle sticks or paper clips if you feel you need to monitor how many times students speak.  More mature students can run their own seminars so that you can have several in one classroom.

Finally, let your students know that silence is an accepted part of Socratic seminar. There is a tendency to panic when there is silence, but people need time to process and think.   Try to avoid jumping in to give them answers.  They will likely leave the class inspired with a new “love of wisdom”

Animas is “A” Strong

Animas is “A” Strong

Animas is “A” Strong

                For the past six years, under the new school grading system, Animas High School has received an A for all but one year, receiving a B just once. The Straight “A” Express made its stop in the small town of Animas on Wednesday, November 29th to celebrate their continued success and to learn just what is working in Animas.  This rural, agricultural area features the school as the hub of the community surrounded by only one café, a small convenience store, a feed/hardware store and three necessary utility companies. Animas Public Schools draws students from several surrounding towns, traveling up to 75 miles one-way to school.  The total K-12 population at Animas Public Schools is 179 students.  The high school is a 7-12th grade setting and teachers teach all grade levels and cover generally 6 different preps each day. However, the teachers and staff at Animas feel blessed to work with such polite, hard-working and spirited students.

My name is Alysha Wagley. I am a 14-year teacher at Animas High School, member of the Secretary’s Advisory team, and Animas alumnus.  I would like to share the following as to what I believe is driving our continued “A” status:

  • High Expectations from teachers, staff and the community of students and staff
  • Busy Students: they must be involved in multiple extra-curricular in order for all programs to be successful. Even the average student is in sports, drama, mock trial, STUCO, and often FFA all at once. Most work to help support themselves and their families. Students have no choice but to learn to multi-task and have confidence in themselves and each other.
  • Highly discourage the “teach to the test” mentality. Instead, we do rigorous reading and writing preparation. English, Science and history all give timed 5-parapgrah essays periodically as regular classroom assessments and generally in the computer-lab.
  • Teacher voice and trying to keep all our arrows going in the same directions
    • DASH Team includes core teachers, and DASH goals are truly aligned to student and teacher needs for improvement
    • Aligning a portion of our PDP to student needs per data analysis
    • Analyzing Data as a staff through PLC’s
    • Communication among teachers about shared students
    • Setting Staff goals in a certain area and all working together, for example: 5-paragraph essay, academic testing vocabulary, information text and currently short-essay response.
    • Concentrating as a staff on collaboration, bell-to-bell instruction and DOK
  • Extensive SAT Plans and IEPs that are team driven
  • All students who score 2 or below on PARCC are looked at more closely for a possible SAT plan
  • Anyone who reads below grade-level is looked at more closely for a possible SAT plan and letters are sent to parents regarding below grade-level scores.
  • Use of Math and Language Lab classes as RTI for students below grade-level
  • Taking Advantage of REC Resources, especially for new teacher training
  • Teacher mentorship for all new teachers


    • Below 70% grade list to teachers every two weeks and regular communication with parents for those who fall below a 70%.
  • ACT a priority and encourage all students to take it from 2nd Semester Sophomores to 1st semester Seniors (generally 4 times throughout high school)
  • All sophomores take PSAT and ASVAB for career readiness


  • Respect and support for academics from coaches and sponsors
  • Unfortunately no AP courses, but we do have honors, duel-credit and online opportunities for students to excel, be challenged and have access to classes of choice that our small staff can’t accommodate.
  • Support from administration and school board with a one-team mentality
  • A school spirit that has the students, teachers, staff, administration and community truly caring about the reputation and success of Animas Schools.

Of course, the list can go on and on, but most importantly dedication and respect from students, teachers, staff and community make Animas an excellent school to attend, work at and support. Go Panthers!

Classroom Management – Building Relationships with Teens as a Tool for Better Classroom Management

Classroom Management – Building Relationships with Teens as a Tool for Better Classroom Management

Classroom Management-

Building Relationships with Teens as a Tool for Better Classroom Management

I was walking towards a classroom to sub for another teacher who had to leave unexpectedly, and I could hear screaming. I knew that this could be interesting, since I knew this teacher’s style…and sometimes struggle… to manage the classroom. When I reached the glass door, there was a young man with his face pressed firmly on the glass as he was pounding it with his fist. We stood there looking at one another for a moment until I said, “Can I help you?”

He opened the door and returned to his seat immediately.

It always surprises me that teachers are thrown into this profession with so little instruction on classroom management. It is not something that is taught, and so many new teachers — and some not so new — struggle to make sense of student behavior and how to relate with them and still manage to get the curriculum covered in time for testing. I have seen some really terrific teachers suffer at the hands of an unruly mob, usually at the end of the day, when everyone is exhausted and it is a struggle to get teens focused on the task at hand. I call it “the slog” — that end of the day class.  You know the one.  It was the slog that took a really excellent third year teacher and sent her back to graduate school for a new profession. She said it was that last class that did it for her; she was so stressed and felt like a failure for not being a better teacher.

It would be interesting to see how many teachers are lost to the profession due to improper training in classroom management.  How can you teach if you cannot get the students focused and engaged? If a teacher cannot manage the crowd, then no dissemination of information occurs — or it is greatly hindered — and children learn less. I have seen it myself in some of my most challenging classes over the years. Statistically, those classes performed lower than my others, simply because I was spending more time managing their behavior and less time teaching them the academic skills they needed.

So what is the secret to excellent classroom management? If you ask ten teachers, you may get ten different answers. It is personal and greatly dependent on the teacher’s style and personality. But what I do know is this:  If kids know you care, they will do their best for you. Showing how you care is also individual, but I believe there are some common strategies that every teacher could implement regardless of personal style.

  1. The Greeting. Greet them each day, at the door, as they arrive. I shake their hands at the door, although if you are worried about germs, simply greeting them as they walk in is good enough. The purpose of this is two-fold: (1) students learn how to interact in a professional way with handshake/eye contact/greeting; and (2) I get to assess how their day is going.  Are they ill, upset, or happy?
  2. Good Things– Doing “Good Things” at the beginning of every class is a way to teach teens how to reframe and learn to look for the good in life. Often, teenagers have a hard time looking at all the goodness that is going on around them. “Good Things” starts the class off in a positive way, and I get to learn about their lives outside of my classroom. It is a way for us to interact in a non-academic sense, and it lets them know I am interested in what is going on in their world. I usually allocate the first five minutes of class for this activity, and start with, “Tell me something good.”
  3. Authenticity- Be your authentic self. Teachers are humans too, so if you are having a bad day, say so. Or if you said something that you later regretted, apologize. OWN YOUR STUFF. Let them know how you feel. The kids will appreciate it, and you will be modeling appropriate adult behavior.
  4. Push, Pull and Drag- You know that time of year — usually right after winter break — when all of a sudden your students quit doing ANYthing? Don’t give up on them even when they give up on themselves. Explain to them that you believe in them and know they can do it. It may not change their behavior in the end, but they will remember what you said.
  5. Social Contract– Every year, the first week of school, every class creates a “social contract.” This contract is comprised of student designed rules based on how we all want to be treated. It also addresses how we handle conflict and violations of the agreed contract. I have used this strategy for more than a decade, and it works because the students have buy-in.
  6. Compassion– This seems intuitive, but it is worth saying: have compassion for others and yourself. Remember what it was like being a teenager, a thousand years ago? If you do, then tap into that self and find some compassion for your students…then show it now and again. They will appreciate it.
  7. Be fair and consistent – This one’s a biggie for me. I strive to be fair because I have felt the sting of what felt like “unfair,” and it wasn’t pleasant. Try not to have favorite students. . .or not so favorite students. Teenagers will loudly proclaim one another as the teacher’s pet. We are human, and there is always that one kid, but try to practice fairness and consistency.

I am sure there are a million other ways to build healthy relationships with teenagers. This is what works for me. If you asked around you’d probably hear that I am a tough teacher, and that would be true. I have high standards and high expectations, but I also have a relationship with my students.  I contend that it is a major factor in how well they perform academically.

One of my students wrote a note to me during teacher appreciation week this year. It read, “You are one of the best teachers I’ve ever had…You don’t take crap from anyone and you genuinely care about all us (sic) kids…” I think this embodies my classroom management style. It makes me smile that they know what I’m doing, even if they don’t like it sometimes.

I have students return to my classroom every year from college to tell me how they are doing. It is gratifying to know we have such an impact on these young people and that they love us enough to come back and say hello. I honestly think that building relationships with young people is the key to great classroom management and to great teaching. You have to win them.

Education Policy with Ashley Eden and Jamie Gonzales

Education Policy with Ashley Eden and Jamie Gonzales

We are excited to share the second in our series of podcasts related to educational issues.  Please listen in as we interview the movers and shakers in New Mexico education.  Our second podcast features Ashley Eden, Director of Strategic Initiatives, and Jamie Gonzales, Policy Analyst, where they explain education policy at both a federal and state level.

Engaging Families Through APTT

Engaging Families Through APTT

Have you ever been faced with the challenge of increasing parent engagement in student learning? Have you ever thought “If I could only make parents understand how important their support in learning is”?  Well, then APTT is something well-worth learning about.

APTT is an acronym for the Academic Parent Teacher Team program developed by WestEd. The purpose of APTT is to increase student learning support at home.  Don’t let the “parent” in Academic Parent Teacher Team fool you, the goal of APTT is to build support for the student from the whole family.

The New Mexico Public Education Department sponsored the pilot program in six schools in the state in the second semester of the 2016-17 school year. The APTT model consists of 4 meetings throughout the year: team meeting 1 in early fall, an individual meeting in late fall, team meeting 2 in winter, and team meeting 3 in spring.  Each team meeting follows an agenda of team building, teaching foundational grade level skills, sharing data, model and practice activities, and goal setting.  The individual meeting is a chance to discuss student progress, much like a traditional conference.  The PowerPoint presentations for all of the team meetings are provided for you by WestEd.

My elementary school was selected as one of the six schools to pilot the program.  There were five people on the school leadership team: the principal, counselor, a kindergarten teacher, a fifth-grade teacher, and a Title 1 district coach.  We attended a two-day kick-off meeting, along with the other 5 schools in the pilot program, in Albuquerque.  There we were able to prepare and plan for the implementation of the program.

Since we were starting the meetings later in the year, we held an initial team meeting and a final team meeting, skipping the individual meeting and the second team meeting. At my school, participation in the initial roll-out of the program was voluntary.  Three kindergarten classes, a first-grade class, a second-grade class, and the departmentalized 5th grade participated in the program.  Each teacher decided on a learning goal that could be assessed and tracked from the first meeting to the last meeting.  Teachers also had to decide on supporting activities for the learning goal.  Teachers had the option to choose one or two goals and a total of two activities. At the meetings, parents participated in an ice-breaker or team building activity, they were provided with class data along with a confidential student number for individual student data, given materials for the activities modeled and practiced in the meeting, they made a commitment to working with their student at home, and they set goals for their students.

I had 58% of parents attend the first meeting and 63% of parents attend the second meeting. I had some parents not attend the second meeting that attend the first, and some parents who were unable to attend the first meeting who attended the second meeting. My decided learning goal was high frequency words. Those students whose parents attended both meetings showed increases of no less than double the number of words from the first meeting to the second meeting. Students from every ability group were represented. Some students had over three times the number of words growth.

Feedback from parents was overwhelmingly positive. They enjoyed talking to the other parents, valued the information they received, especially the ability to see how their student compared to the rest of the class, and they appreciated having the materials to take home, ready to use. Many reported that their students looked forward to playing the games and activities at home and kept the parents committed to practicing the skills.

Feedback from teachers who participated in the initial roll-out has also been positive. Teachers felt that they were able to communicate with families on a much deeper level than traditional conferences. They also liked the fact that they were giving the parents the tools they needed to support their students at home. My school plans on continuing APTT for the 17-18 school year, with the expectation of school-wide participation. We will be able to implement the program in its entirety, all three team meetings and the individual meeting.

When I started writing this post, I had to decide what I was going to include. There is so much to write about: the process, the outstanding support, the meetings, student achievement, parent feedback, and it’s all so positive! This post only begins to break the surface. In my teaching career, there have only been two systems, programs, methods, what have you, that I have supported this strongly. I am excited to see what next year holds for APTT and my school. If you are looking for a way to engage families, create a partnership with parents/families, and increase student learning, APTT should be at the top of your list. Academic Parent Teacher Teams give the parents the data, the knowledge, and the tools to successfully bridge the distance between school and home, and support student learning.

Please see the APTT_Brochure for additional information.  You can also reach out to our Family Outreach Coordinator  Gloria Ruiz at with any further inquiries.

2017 Milken Educator of the Year

2017 Milken Educator of the Year


Contact: Lynne Russo, (818) 903-6079,

Hometown hero Melanie Alfaro merits $25,000 as the

2017-18 Milken Educator Award winner for New Mexico

 BIO for NM Melanie Alfaro

Deming Intermediate math teacher sets high standards leading all her students to excel

SANTA MONICA, Calif., (November 30, 2017)—Being a New Mexico State University Hall of Fame basketball player, Melanie Alfaro knows the sweet taste of success. It’s a quality she tries to instill in her math students, equating the similarities between athletics and academics as examples: set a goal and work hard to reach it. Using student assessments, video instruction and collaborative projects as part of her teaching strategy, Alfaro engages all levels of learners and gives them every opportunity to understand and grasp sixth grade math; her students lead the grade level in math proficiency.

Joined by New Mexico Education Secretary-Designate Christopher Ruszkowski, Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley bestowed Alfaro with the $25,000 Milken Educator Award before an exuberant all-school assembly, causing the Wildcats to roar with cheers after the announcement.

Alfaro is the only recipient for the state of New Mexico, and is among 44 honorees for 2017-18 to receive the national recognition and unrestricted cash prize.

The Milken Educator Awards, hailed by Teacher magazine as the “Oscars of Teaching” has been opening minds and shaping futures for 30 years. Research shows teacher quality is the driving in-school factor behind student growth and achievement. The initiative not only aims to reward great teachers, but to celebrate, elevate and activate those innovators in the classroom who are guiding America’s next generation of leaders. Milken Educators believe, “The future belongs to the educated.”

Alfaro immerses her students in data, setting individual and whole-class goals, charging students with monitoring their own progress, and holding family classes to ensure parents are fully equipped to support their children’s efforts in math. Deming has jumped two letter grades and 16 percentage points in end-of-year math assessments in the past few years.

“Melanie Alfaro gives every student her time, whether it’s one-on-one or in a group, it’s her keen sense of a child’s understanding level that determines her teaching methods and that directly leads to proficiency,” said Foley. “Melanie has outstanding strategies and outcomes in the classroom and we recognize her determination to influence mathematics instruction throughout the district as well. From elementary to the high school level, she is working to make sure every math student succeeds. We’re proud to welcome her to the Milken Educator family.”

“Our state’s best teachers should be championed, celebrated and rewarded—they’re having an outsized impact on their students’ academic outcomes and life prospects. Over the last 100 days, I’ve had the privilege of traveling the entire state to celebrate our districts and educators to highlight their work, and today’s recognition is one of the highest honors a teacher can earn in the country,” said Education Secretary-Designate Christopher Ruszkowski. “Melanie is changing our students’ lives by assuming full responsibility for her academic outcomes and constantly refining her craft—her teaching is poetry in motion and finds the right balance of the both the art and science of teaching.  She is a wonderful ambassador for our profession.  Her students are on the rise—and this honor and award is well-deserved.”

About Milken Educator Melanie Alfaro

Melanie Alfaro, a sixth-grade math teacher at Deming Intermediate School in New Mexico, holds all her students to high standards. She employs a multitude of instructional strategies in her classroom, including active engagement and collaborative grouping, and is trained on AIMS3, a state dual-language program that supports English learners. The school doesn’t have a gifted program, but Alfaro makes sure advanced learners stay challenged with appropriate course work and encourages higher-achieving students to mentor those who need more help.

As head of the math department, Alfaro sits on Deming’s school leadership team and was deeply involved in the formulation and monitoring of its 90-day improvement plan. She mentors teachers throughout the district, leads professional development, sits on the math pacing guides and superintendent’s advisory committees, and was instrumental in bringing former New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera to Deming to talk about the status of education in the state. Alfaro has advocated strongly in favor of the district’s sometimes-controversial policy of busing U.S. citizen children living across the nearby Mexican border into Deming schools. In 2016, she was selected to join the New Mexico Teacher Leader Network.

A Deming native and product of Deming Public Schools, Alfaro is an accomplished athlete who played Division I basketball at New Mexico State University and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2014. She has worked hard to build up Deming’s Little League baseball program, serving on the board and as president. Alfaro started a summer basketball camp and coaches basketball, t-ball and Little League baseball; the district offered her the opportunity to coach varsity basketball, but Alfaro opted to work with younger students to teach them the fundamentals and prepare them for higher-level athletics. In the classroom, Alfaro stresses the importance of both academics and athletics, reminding students that working hard at one supports success in the other. Students often come back to share their good news and accomplishments with Alfaro, telling her that they are top of their class, entering honors courses, and even graduating as valedictorian.

Alfaro earned a bachelor’s in business administration in 2002 from New Mexico State University and a master’s in education in 2013 from Western New Mexico University.

More information about Alfaro, plus links to photos and a video from today’s assembly, can be found on the Milken Educator Awards website at

Milken Educators are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. In addition to the $25,000 prize and public recognition, Alfaro’s honor includes membership in the National Milken Educator Network, a group of more than 2,700 top teachers, principals and specialists dedicated to strengthening education.

In addition to participation in the Milken Educator Network, 2017-18 recipients will attend a Milken Educator Forum in Washington, D.C., March 20-23, 2018. Educators will have the opportunity to network with their new colleagues and hear from state and federal officials about maximizing their leadership roles to advance educator effectiveness.

More than $138 million in funding, including $68 million in individual $25,000 awards, has been devoted to the overall Awards initiative, which includes powerful professional learning opportunities throughout recipients’ careers. Many have gone on to earn advanced degrees and be placed in prominent posts and on state and national education committees.

The Awards alternate yearly between elementary and secondary educators. Unlike most teacher recognition programs, the Milken Educator Award is completely unique: Educators cannot apply for this recognition and do not even know they are under consideration. Candidates are sourced through a confidential selection process and then are reviewed by blue ribbon panels appointed by state departments of education. Those most exceptional are recommended for the Award, with final approval by the Milken Family Foundation.

Past recipients have used their Awards to fund their children’s education or their own continuing education. Others have financed dream field trips, established scholarships and even funded the adoption of children.

To get regular updates on the surprise Milken Educator Award events, follow and use the #MilkenAward hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Milken Educator Awards tour is on social media at,,, and

For more information about the Milken Educator Awards, visit or call MFF at (310) 570-4772.

About the Milken Educator Awards

The very first Milken Educator Awards were presented by the Milken Family Foundation 30 years ago in 1987. The Awards provide public recognition and individual financial rewards of $25,000 to elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and specialists from around the country who are furthering excellence in education. Recipients are heralded in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish.

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Current School Liaisons: Is Your School Represented?

Current School Liaisons: Is Your School Represented?

The New Mexico Teacher Leader Network (NMTLN) is comprised of more than 500 teacher-leaders from districts and charters across the state. These teachers-leaders are working together to elevate the profession, share best practices, create new communications channels, bring classroom teacher voice to the forefront of policy and program conversations, and leverage all available resources in an effort to bring our professional community together, improve the quality of instruction, and dramatically improve outcomes for our students.

Here is a current list of active School Liaisons, their schools, and school districts.  Check to see if your school and/or district is represented.  Let’s continue to recruit!  If your school or district is not represented, and you are interested in becoming your school’s liaison please REGISTER HERE!

First Name Last Name School District School Name
Joey Bear Alamogordo A Montoya Elementary
Jennifer Pollard Alamogordo A Montoya Elementary
Bernagene Shay Alamogordo A Montoya Elementary
Melanie Hallbeck Alamogordo Academy Del Sol Alternative
Sarahjane Kipp Alamogordo Alamogordo High
Tracy Gorby Alamogordo Buena Vista Elementary
Jaime Acosta Alamogordo Chaparral Middle
Shawna Denney Alamogordo Chaparral Middle
Diana Jackson Alamogordo Desert Star Elementary
Krista Atkins Alamogordo Heights Elementary
Linda Grimes Alamogordo Holloman Middle
Lori Armstrong Alamogordo Mountain View Middle
Jenny Hitt Alamogordo North Elementary
Kimberly Landry Alamogordo North Elementary
Amber Carroll Alamogordo Oregon Elementary
Jessica Lop Alamogordo Sierra Elementary
Kelly Reese Alamogordo Yucca Elementary
Allison Fitzpatrick Albuquerque A Montoya Elementary
Michael Mack Albuquerque Albuquerque Charter Academy
Anna Baugh Albuquerque Alvarado Elementary
Lucy Alfonso Albuquerque Architecture Construction and Engineering Leadership High Charter
Amanda Jaramillo Albuquerque Armijo Elementary
Tracy Reynolds Albuquerque Arroyo Del Oso Elementary
Debra Cordova Albuquerque Atrisco Elementary
George Thomas Albuquerque Atrisco Heritage Academy High
Shirley Barreto Albuquerque Barcelona Elementary
Christopher McClain Albuquerque Carlos Rey Elementary
Shayna Earnest Albuquerque Cesar Chavez Community Charter
Lucille King Albuquerque Chelwood Elementary
Lesley Valencia Albuquerque Cibola High
Margaret Silva Albuquerque Cleveland Middle
Desiree Hirdman Albuquerque Collet Park Elementary
Karen Mann Albuquerque Corrales Elementary
Heather Summers Albuquerque Desert Ridge Middle
Amy Piechota Albuquerque Digital Arts and Technology Academy Charter
Michael Wood Albuquerque East Mountain High Charter
Melissa (Helen) Mick Albuquerque Ecademy Virtual High School
John Keelin Albuquerque Edmund G Ross Elementary
Jennifer Sears Albuquerque Edmund G Ross Elementary
Coleen Nelson-Schafer Albuquerque Eisenhower Middle
Jennifer Coughlin Albuquerque Eldorado High
Kayla Alvidrez Albuquerque Ernie Pyle Middle
John Potter Albuquerque Freedom High
Patricia Archuleta Albuquerque George I Sanchez Collaborative Community School
Jennifer Pollard Albuquerque Griegos Elementary
Virginia Elkhader Albuquerque Hayes Middle
Mary Lynn Salazar Albuquerque Helen Cordero Primary
Crystal Miranda Albuquerque Inez Elementary
Ian Sunderland Albuquerque International School at Mesa Del Sol Charter
Diana Santiago Albuquerque Jackson Middle
Barbara Johnson Albuquerque Jimmy Carter Middle
Bridgette Romero Albuquerque Jimmy Carter Middle
Elizabeth Lindsey Albuquerque Kit Carson Elementary
Gary Archibeck Albuquerque L B Johnson Middle
Tammy Carvin Albuquerque L B Johnson Middle
Christine Dickey Albuquerque L B Johnson Middle
Virginia Rinaldi Albuquerque La Cueva High
Shannon Johnson Albuquerque La Mesa Elementary
Dannielle Montoya Albuquerque Lew Wallace Elementary
Angela Trujillo Albuquerque Longfellow Elementary
Phillip Shamas Albuquerque Los Padillas Elementary
Eileen Maddock Albuquerque Los Puentes Charter
Anna Miller Albuquerque Madison Middle
Kathy Hoessel Albuquerque Marie M Hughes Elementary
Cara Heck Albuquerque McKinley Middle
Michael Dolce Albuquerque Media Arts Collaborative Charter
Eleanor Martindale Albuquerque Missouri Avenue Elementary
Tracy Hausermann Albuquerque Mitchell Elementary
Portia Sharp Albuquerque Navajo Elementary
Mary Rafferty Albuquerque New Futures
Steven Lamb Albuquerque North Star Elementary
Julie Geldmacher Albuquerque North Valley Academy Charter
Brian Ver Ploegh Albuquerque Nuestros Valores High Charter
Michaela Coffin Albuquerque Osuna Elementary
Erin Armijo Albuquerque Painted Sky Elementary
Reina Garcia Albuquerque Pajarito Elementary
Laurie Blackwell Albuquerque Public Academy for Performing Arts Charter
Byron Taylor Albuquerque Public Academy for Performing Arts Charter
Cathy Martin Albuquerque Reginald Chavez Elementary
Tamara Kumbalek Albuquerque Rio Grande High
Laura Flores Albuquerque Rudolfo Anaya Elementary
Brenda McCallon Albuquerque S Y Jackson Elementary
Christina Parlapiano Albuquerque S Y Jackson Elementary
Amy Chevalier Albuquerque San Antonito Elementary
Travis Tester Albuquerque Sandia Base Elementary
Kelly Eagan Albuquerque Sandia High
Kathy Wolfe James Albuquerque Sombra Del Monte Elementary
Shannon Avila Albuquerque Sunset View Elementary
Helen Maloney Albuquerque Taylor Middle
Maria Tafoya-Trotter Albuquerque Tony Hillerman Middle
Amanda Torres Albuquerque Valle Vista Elementary
Aleli Colon Albuquerque Van Buren Middle
Leslie Butcher Albuquerque Ventana Ranch Elementary
Andrea Prangley Albuquerque Volcano Vista High
Kristi Samuelson Albuquerque Washington Middle
Scott McLeod Albuquerque West Mesa High
Carmalee Pinson Albuquerque Wherry Elementary
Tessie Duran Albuquerque Whittier Elementary
Michael Bellamy Albuquerque William W and Josephine Dorn Charter
Rachel Thomas Albuquerque Zuni Elementary
Tawna Evans Animas Animas Elementary
Patricia McDougal Animas Animas Elementary
Robin Moore Animas Animas Elementary
Monica Almanza Artesia Roselawn Elementary
Kaci Whitmire Artesia Yucca Elementary
Lanea Donahoo Aztec Aztec High
Cassandra Brown Aztec C V Koogler Middle
Danielle Straate Aztec Lydia Rippey Elementary
Joshua Chavez Aztec McCoy Avenue Elementary
Amanda Knight Aztec Mosaic Academy Charter
Ashleigh Kendal Aztec Park Avenue Elementary
Cassandra Landry Belen Belen High
Toni Armijo Belen Belen Middle
Valerie Baca Belen Gil Sanchez Elementary
LeeAnne Becker Belen Jaramillo Elementary
Sharon Bussell Belen La Merced Elementary
Tara Wright Belen Rio Grande Elementary
Agusta Rodriguez-Asi Bernalillo Algodones Elementary
Amber Braden Bernalillo Bernalillo Elementary
Jennylou Pangilinan-Riel Bernalillo Bernalillo High
Lawrence Henderson II Bernalillo Bernalillo Middle
Laura Mallett Bernalillo Placitas Elementary
Donna Gina Bernalillo Santo Domingo Elementary
Elizabeth Smith Bernalillo Santo Domingo Middle
LoriAnn Spina Bernalillo Willanna D Carroll Elementary
Daniel Tabor Bloomfield Blanco Elementary
Andrea Granado Bloomfield Bloomfield Family Learning Center
David O’Hara Bloomfield Bloomfield High
Lore Mize Bloomfield Central Primary
Nida Naqvi Bloomfield Mesa Alta Junior
Mindy Olson Bloomfield Naaba Ani Elementary
Joyce Roulston Capitan Capitan High
Victoria Sedillo Capitan Capitan Middle
Joanna May Carlsbad Carlsbad Early College High
Chancy Allen Carlsbad Carlsbad High
Elizabeth Burke Carlsbad Carlsbad High
Leah Olivas Carlsbad Carlsbad Intermediate School
Lavonn Means Carlsbad Carlsbad Sixth Grade Academy
Marilyn Taylor Carlsbad Carlsbad Sixth Grade Academy
Michelle Fierro Carlsbad Craft Elementary
Debra Jim Carlsbad Desert Willow Elementary
Nancy Johnson Carlsbad Desert Willow Elementary
Paula Spencer Carlsbad Desert Willow Elementary
Lindsay Garza Carlsbad Early Childhood Education Center
Nancy Phipps Carlsbad Early Childhood Education Center
Maren Folsom Carlsbad Early Childhood Program
Lonnie Castillo Carlsbad Joe Stanley Smith Elementary
Melissa Lawrence-Bridges Carlsbad Monterrey Elementary
Vince Homer Carlsbad Pecos Connections Academy
Shawn Ballard Carlsbad Sunset Elementary
Elizabeth Barela Carrizozo Carrizozo Elementary
Vesta Mizell Central Consolidated Career Preparatory Alternative
Nancy Nelson Central Consolidated Central High
Joy Lee Central Consolidated Eva B Stokely Elementary
Mary Whipple Central Consolidated Judy Nelson Elementary School
Nicole Baked Central Consolidated Kirtland Elementary
Casey Kelly Central Consolidated Kirtland Middle
Viola Denetclaw-Benally Central Consolidated Mesa Elementary
Sheryl Maxwell Central Consolidated Naschitti Elementary
Carena Begay Central Consolidated Newcomb High
Hannelore Collyer Central Consolidated Newcomb Middle
Caprice Hoeveler Central Consolidated Nizhoni Elementary
Diane Foster Central Consolidated Ojo Amarillo Elementary
Amy John Central Consolidated Tse Bit Ai Middle
Terri Lindstrom Chama Tierra Amarilla Elementary
Tiffany Airington Cimarron Cimarron High
Erica Roybal Cimarron Cimarron Middle
Cindy Carr Cimarron Eagle Nest Elementary
Dana McBee Cimarron Eagle Nest Middle
Elizabeth Tafoya Cimarron Moreno Valley High Charter
Janis Ruf Clayton Alvis Elementary
Sheila Harris Clayton Clayton High
Sarah Lee Cloudcroft Cloudcroft Elementary
Kelly Goss Cloudcroft Cloudcroft High
Shelia Fitch Clovis Barry Elementary
Shelly Grim Clovis Bella Vista Elementary
Joy Martin Clovis Cameo Elementary
Adrian Lucero Clovis Clovis High
Tanya Mirabal Clovis Clovis High
Scott Schumpert Clovis Clovis High Freshman Campus
Jana Vetterly Clovis Highland Elementary
Jody Burrage Clovis James Bickley Elementary
Susann Romero Clovis La Casita Elementary
Brenda Gaither Clovis Lockwood Elementary
Dustie Gonzalez Clovis Marshall Middle
Krisa Engel Clovis Mesa Elementary
Kathryn Gonzales Clovis Mesa Elementary
Vicki Guiffre Clovis Parkview Elementary
Corey Lucero Clovis Sandia Elementary
Eric Collings Clovis WD Gattis Middle School
Shane Leatherwood Clovis Yucca Middle
Regina Griego Clovis Zia Elementary
Sandra Montoya Cobre Consolidated Cobre High
Anisse Salcido Cobre Consolidated Hurley Elementary
Nicole Baker Cobre Consolidated Kirtland Elementary
Hampton Burnette Cobre Consolidated Snell Middle
Roxanne Erramouspe Corona Corona High
Daniel Delgado Cuba Cuba High
Kathleen Lujan Cuba Cuba Middle
Joslynn Garcia Deming Bataan Elementary
Jessica Cabrera Deming Bell Elementary
Cindy Burger Deming Chaparral Elementary
Rachel Gomez Deming Columbus Elementary
Daniel Gamboa Deming Deming High
KeriBeth Coker Deming Deming Intermediate
Abby Harvey Deming Memorial Elementary
Ona Renee Hethcox Deming My Little School
Monika Velez Deming Red Mountain Middle
Lorena Mesta Deming Ruben S Torres Elementary
Sue Vincent Des Moines Des Moines Elementary
Heidi Karr Des Moines Des Moines High
Greg Smith Dexter Dexter High
Shannon Aguilar Dexter Dexter Middle
Joe Fletcher Dora Dora High
Nancy Jobe Dulce Dulce Junior/Senior High School
Kristi Victor Elida Elida Elementary
Karen Martinez Espanola Alcalde Elementary
Yvette Bakken Espanola Carlos F Vigil Middle
Jessica Montoya Eunice Caton Middle
Jo Anna Foreman Eunice Mettie Jordan Elementary
Tena Joslin Farmington A Montoya Elementary
Nadine Chatto Farmington Animas Elementary
Sandra Fusco Farmington Apache Elementary
Kristin Lewis Farmington Bluffview Elementary
Amy Hill Farmington Cate Center Preschool
Anna Richards Farmington Country Club Elementary
Melissa Vigil Farmington Esperanza Elementary
Jerome Jones Farmington Farmington High
Allison Bouren Farmington Heights Middle
Courtney Reece Courtney Farmington Hermosa Middle
Becky Ferris Farmington Ladera Del Norte Elementary
Lisa Holmes Farmington McCormick Elementary
Courtney Weidner Farmington McKinley Elementary
Amy Dumas Farmington Mesa Verde Elementary
Chris Jones Farmington Mesa View Middle
Kelli Loudermilk Farmington NM Virtual Academy
Julius Soroko Farmington Piedra Vista High
Elizabeth Hoza Farmington Rocinante High
Kathryn Severson Farmington San Juan College High School
Robert Silentman Farmington Tibbetts Middle
Debora Barnard Floyd Floyd Middle
Molly Jensen Ft. Sumner Fort Sumner Elementary
Cynthia Lucero Ft. Sumner Fort Sumner Middle
Carol Gutierrez Gadsden Chaparral High
Frances Arocha Gadsden Desert Trail Elementary
Cynthia Brown Gadsden Desert Trail Elementary
Saul Nunez Gadsden Gadsden High
Stephanie Verlander Gadsden Gadsden High
Christine Norris Gadsden Gadsden Middle
Sandra Galindo Gadsden Riverside Elementary
Candice Herrera Gadsden Santa Teresa Elementary
Rebecca Lusk Gadsden Santa Teresa High
Elsa Contreras Gadsden Vado Elementary
Erika Acosta Gadsden Yucca Heights Elementary
Kevin Bates Gallup-McKinley Central High
Yi-Ling Lin Gallup-McKinley Chee Dodge Elementary
Michele Reeves Gallup-McKinley Chief Manuelito Middle
Cristina Tolentino Gallup-McKinley Crownpoint High
Sheila Ganzon Gallup-McKinley Crownpoint Middle
Sheila Marie Ganzon Gallup-McKinley Crownpoint Middle
Melzina Lewis Gallup-McKinley David Skeet Elementary
Jake Walters Gallup-McKinley Del Norte Elementary
Connie Cuellar Gallup-McKinley Gallup High
Toni Towery Gallup-McKinley Gallup Middle
Rachel Kreider Gallup-McKinley Indian Hills Elementary
Angela Karpinski Gallup-McKinley Jefferson Elementary
Jamey Lowrey Gallup-McKinley Lincoln Elementary
Michael Cunanan Gallup-McKinley Middle College High Charter
Gina Spolar Gallup-McKinley Miyamura High
Boyd Lewis Gallup-McKinley Ramah Elementary
Sasha Garner Gallup-McKinley Thoreau Elementary
Fe Quiambao Gallup-McKinley Thoreau High
Kerenthia Swan Gallup-McKinley Thoreau High
Elisa Fanning Gallup-McKinley Thoreau Middle
Viola Hoskie Gallup-McKinley Tobe Turpen Elementary
Carrie McGill Gallup-McKinley Tohatchi High
Jennie Piepkorn Grady Grady High
Michelle Leigh Gallegos Grants/Cibola County Cubero Elementary
Laura Arrasmith Grants/Cibola County Laguna Acoma High
Teresa Butcher Grants/Cibola County Laguna Acoma High
Ingrid Gonzales Grants/Cibola County Milan Elementary
Stephanie Lindsey Hagerman Hagerman Elementary
Codi Montes-Dennis Hagerman Hagerman High
Audra Bluehouse Hatch Hatch Valley High
Latishia Zamora Hatch Hatch Valley Middle
Brandy Holguin Hatch Rio Grande Elementary
Connie Holland Hobbs College Lane Elementary
Kayla Stratton Hobbs College Lane Elementary
Trish Elmore Hobbs Coronado Elementary
Kim Portillo Hobbs Helen Cordero Primary
Guadalupe Saldana Hobbs Hobbs Freshman
Nancy Gibson Hobbs Hobbs High
Irene Medrano Hobbs Houston Junior
Bonnie Salazar Hobbs Southern Heights Elementary
Michelle Sanford Hobbs Taylor Elementary
Yvonne Rich Hondo Hondo Elementary
Susan Kluthe Hondo Hondo High
Crystal Boyd House House High
Michelle Lopez Jal Jal Elementary
Frank Chacon Jemez Mountain Coronado High
Rachel Fuchs Jemez Mountain Lindrith Area Heritage Charter
Cassandra Batdorf Jemez Valley Jemez Valley Middle
Valerie Shaw Jemez Valley San Diego Riverside Charter
Becki Hammond Lake Arthur Lake Arthur Elementary
Mari Cooke Las Cruces A Montoya Elementary
Anne Kuhn Las Cruces Alternative School at Mesilla Valley
Jamie Baker Las Cruces Arrowhead Park Medical Academy
Xanthe Phillips Las Cruces Camino Real Middle
Sara Zemler Las Cruces Centennial High School
Patricia Chavarria Las Cruces Cesar Chavez Elementary
Melissa Madrid Las Cruces Columbia Elementary
Christine Hendrix Las Cruces Dona Ana Elementary
Carol Owensby Las Cruces Early College High School
Morgan Rivera Las Cruces Highland Elementary
Lisa Hufstedler Las Cruces Las Cruces High
Marina Torrez Las Cruces Mesa Middle
Kerry Turner Las Cruces Mesilla Park Elementary
Robbi Berry Las Cruces Monte Vista Elementary
Jamie Villagrana Las Cruces Monte Vista Elementary
Tiffany Barry Las Cruces Onate High
Caroline Marrufo Las Cruces University Hills Elementary
Emilia Linley Las Cruces Valley View Elementary
David Luera Las Cruces Vista Middle
Anna Suggs Las Cruces Zia Middle
Sonya Romero Las Vegas City A Montoya Elementary
Leroy Barela Las Vegas City Memorial Middle
Latania Marr Las Vegas City Robertson High
Jacqueline Gomez-Aragon Las Vegas City Sierra Vista Elementary
Patricia Mendoza Las Vegas City Sierra Vista Elementary
Kelley Feerer Logan Logan Elementary
Crystal Terrell Logan Logan High
Kimberly Roark Lordsburg Dugan Tarango Middle
Anneliese Kvamme Lordsburg Lordsburg High
Sara Snowball Los Alamos Aspen Elementary
Debbie Grothaus Los Alamos Los Alamos High
Suzette Williams Los Alamos Los Alamos Middle
Michele Altherr Los Alamos Mountain Elementary
Reynie Benelli Los Alamos Pinon Elementary
Sara Graf Los Lunas Desert View Elementary
Albert Ibarra Los Lunas Desert View Elementary
Jason McKinney Los Lunas Los Lunas Middle
Cristy Burt Los Lunas Sunland Park Elementary
Nicole Mora-Atencio Los Lunas Tome Elementary
Rachel Bate Los Lunas Valencia Elementary
Christa Johnson Los Lunas Valencia Middle
Haley Finch Loving Loving Elementary
Laura Janzen Loving Loving Middle
Margarita Piñon Lovington Ben Alexander Elementary
Lisa Parker Lovington Jefferson Elementary
Miranda Stoneman Lovington Lea Elementary
Loretta Corral Lovington Lovington 6th Grade Academy
Yazmin Izquierdo Lovington Lovington 6th Grade Academy
Candy Raines Lovington Lovington High
Gina Hutchins Lovington Yarbro Elementary
Jennifer Armstrong Magdalena Magdalena Elementary
Andrea French Maxwell Maxwell Elementary
Matthew Jolley Maxwell Maxwell High
Kelly Jones Maxwell Maxwell High
Jennifer Gonzales Moriarty-Edgewood Moriarty Elementary
Justine Ortega Moriarty-Edgewood Moriarty Middle
Dana Vallejos Moriarty-Edgewood Route 66 Elementary
Elizabeth Goodson Moriarty-Edgewood South Mountain Elementary
Penny Williams-Riley Mountainair Mountainair Elementary
Libby Clinton Pecos Pecos Elementary
Ramona Medina-Pacheco Pecos Pecos High
Rosie Quintana Pecos Pecos Middle
Jessica Esquibel Penasco Penasco Middle
Rosa Pacheco-Romero Penasco Penasco Middle
Natalie Jackson Pojoaque Valley Pablo Roybal Elementary
Michelle Victor Portales Brown Early Childhood Center
Bridget Segovia Portales James Elementary
Ofelia Alvarez Portales Lindsey Steiner Elementary
Matthew Christensen Portales Portales High
Dinah McAlister Portales Portales High
Dianne Kemp Portales Portales Junior
Tammy Sharp Portales Valencia Elementary
Maria Cintas Questa Questa High
Diane León Questa Questa Junior
Cassie Hightree Raton Longfellow Elementary
Joleene Starr Raton Raton Intermediate
Mary Hastings Reserve Reserve Elementary
Joline Lambson Rio Rancho Cielo Azul Elementary
Cindy Shafer Rio Rancho Colinas Del Norte Elementary
Shana Speicher Rio Rancho Eagle Ridge Middle
Misty Hunter Rio Rancho Enchanted Hills Elementary
Brook Lundie Rio Rancho Ernest Stapleton Elementary
Shannon Ryan Rio Rancho Lavaland Elementary
Kelly Pearce Rio Rancho Lincoln Middle
Alexandra Ruybal Rio Rancho Martin Luther King Jr Elementary
Jessica Buttermore Rio Rancho Rio Rancho Elementary
Christine Carson Rio Rancho Rio Rancho High
Ray Henderson Rio Rancho Rio Rancho High
Marilyn Padget Rio Rancho Sandia Vista Elementary
Carla Chavez Rio Rancho V Sue Cleveland High
VeAundrea Smith Rio Rancho Vista Grande Elementary
Angie McDonald Roswell Berrendo Middle
Peggy Rogers Roswell Del Norte Elementary
Ricardo Valenzuela Roswell Goddard High
Jamie Furney Roswell Mesa Middle
Kris Ard Roswell Military Heights Elementary
Christina Reyer Roswell Missouri Avenue Elementary
Letitia Benitez Roswell Monterrey Elementary
Irma Acosta Roswell Mountain View Middle
Laura Ramirez Roswell Nancy Lopez Elementary
Stacey Eberhart Roswell Roswell High
Crystal Lethgo Roswell Sunset Elementary
Andrea Batista Roswell University High
Mark Johnson Roswell Valley View Elementary
Deanna Walker Roy Roy Elementary
Robyn Draper Ruidoso Ruidoso Middle
Melvina Torres Ruidoso Sierra Vista Primary
Anna Weaver Ruidoso White Mountain Elementary
Tera Wong-Williams San Jon San Jon Middle
J Michael A Sisneros Santa Fe A Montoya Elementary
Vanessa Vigil Santa Fe A Montoya Elementary
Jenifer Hooten Santa Fe Academy for Technology and the Classics Charter
Giordana Di Ruggiero Santa Fe Amy Biehl Community School At Rancho Viejo
Melissa Kovac Santa Fe Amy Biehl Community School At Rancho Viejo
Julia Morey-Di Ruggiero Santa Fe Amy Biehl Community School At Rancho Viejo
Sharon Scarlott Santa Fe Amy Biehl Community School At Rancho Viejo
Kimberly Miera Santa Fe Aspen Community Magnet School
Lynn Osborne Santa Fe Aspen Community Magnet School
Samantha Koroneos Santa Fe Atalaya Elementary
Natalia Garcia Santa Fe Capital High
Jill Hutchinson-Bass Santa Fe Carlos Gilbert Elementary
Jose Lopez Santa Fe Cesar Chavez Elementary
Arturo Lujan Santa Fe Cesar Chavez Elementary
Angela Abbate Santa Fe Chaparral Elementary
Gary Bass Santa Fe El Camino Real Academy Community
Deborah Ungar Santa Fe Francis X Nava Elementary
Trish Gharrity Santa Fe Kearny Elementary
Joan Henderson Santa Fe Monte Del Sol Charter School
Shira Leitson-Grabelsky Santa Fe NM School for the Deaf
Brittany Behenna Griffith Santa Fe NYE Early Childhood
Mona Khazee Santa Fe Ramirez Thomas Elementary
Jackie Gerstein Santa Fe Salazar Elementary
Joyce Sanchez Santa Fe Salazar Elementary
Jeff Davis Santa Fe Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School
Heather Herd Santa Fe Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School
Susan Zamora Santa Rosa Santa Rosa Elementary
Benjamin Duran Silver City G W Stout Elementary
Chrissie Souders Silver City G W Stout Elementary
Roxanne Ogas Silver City Harrison Schmitt Elementary
Patricia Kimmick Silver City Opportunity High
Andy Broyles Silver City Silver High
Denise Gilson Socorro Cottonwood Valley Charter
Angela Murphy Socorro Midway Elementary
Sara Drueckhammer Socorro Raymond Sarracino Middle
Melanie Sanchez Socorro San Antonio Elementary
Azza Ezzat Socorro Socorro High
Mary Lloyd Springer Cimarron Elementary
Marlene Pittman Springer Eagle Nest Elementary
Christina Vigil Springer Springer High
Inez Jacobs STATE Charter Academy of Trades and Technology Charter
Whitney Fien Gretton STATE Charter Albuquerque School of Excellence Charter
Vickie Kwiecinski STATE Charter Albuquerque School of Excellence Charter
Sandra Beaudet STATE Charter Attitude Skills and Knowledge Academy Charter (ASK)
Greg Butz STATE Charter Cottonwood Classical Preparatory Charter
Marissa Bannerman STATE Charter Explore Academy
Louis Gonzalez STATE Charter Health Leadership High School
Linda Stoffan STATE Charter Horizon Academy West Charter
Louise Montoya STATE Charter International School at Mesa Del Sol Charter
Virginia Gallegos STATE Charter La Academia Dolores Huerta
Robert Arneson STATE Charter Las Montanas Charter High School
Laureen Pepersack STATE Charter McCurdy Charter School
Sonny Sapien STATE Charter Mission Achievement and Success
Fred Hintze STATE Charter New America School Charter
Freda Daugherty STATE Charter NM Connections Academy
Acacia McCombs STATE Charter NM School for the Arts Charter
Kimberly Ritterhouse STATE Charter Red River Valley Charter
Margaret Bartlett STATE Charter Roots and Wings Community
Militza Zamora de Geisel STATE Charter Sandoval Academy of Bilingual Education
Alanna Purdy STATE Charter Six Directions Indigenous School
Rebecca Weldon STATE Charter Southwest Secondary Learning Center Charter
Jose Garcia-Galvez STATE Charter SW Aeronautics Mathematics and Science Academy
Linda Seto STATE Charter Taos Integrated School for the Arts Charter
Tammy Dobbs Taos Anansi Charter
Sarah Bradley Taos Enos Garcia Elementary
Katherine Duran Taos Taos High
Tracy Galligan Taos Taos High
Emy Martinez-DeHerrera Taos Taos High
Ella Rael Taos Taos Middle
Scott Tennant Taos Taos Municipal Charter
Doug Schwartz Texico Texico Elementary
Melissa Durham Texico Texico High
Debre Allen Truth or Consequences Hot Springs High
Ava Bartoo Truth or Consequences T or C Middle
Kandy Hutchins Tucumcari Tucumcari High
ROBERT LAMM Tucumcari Tucumcari High
Tammie Morales Tularosa A Montoya Elementary
Elise Mathewson Tularosa Tularosa Elementary
Krystian Grace Tularosa Tularosa Intermediate
Tracy Holmes Vaughn Vaughn Elementary
Patricia Duran Wagon Mound Wagon Mound Elementary
Janice Encinias Wagon Mound Wagon Mound High
Tracy Baca-Arguello West Las Vegas Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary
Aja Currey West Las Vegas Rio Gallinas Ecology and the Arts Charter
Mary Jean Aragon West Las Vegas West Las Vegas Middle
Michael Tenorio West Las Vegas West Las Vegas Middle
Rebecca Gordon Zuni Zuni High
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