Category: Champion

Our goal is to champion New Mexico teachers’ success and an inspiring vision for the profession in the 21st century, so that they, in turn, can champion the success of their students.

New Mexico Teacher Spotlight: Donna Hazen

New Mexico Teacher Spotlight: Donna Hazen

Being a teacher in the public school system was not Donna Hazen’s lifetime goal. All she wanted to be was a wife, mom, and homemaker. However, life moved her into a full time teaching career. Her degree in motherhood taught her how to be sensitive to the child that struggled with health, self-esteem, bullying, and learning issues. Knowing the consequences of the above issues, Donna dedicated her teaching career to the child – not the subject. It has been her heart’s cry that her students discover their worth in society and their gifts and talents.  Donna tells her students, “The world is your classroom, so let’s see what you do with your world.”   Her most successful and productive styles of teaching are the “proactive” and “project-based learning styles,” which have empowered her students to embrace their “own” learning with the latest 21st Century skills and workforce ethics for  real world experiences and still revitalize their struggling rural community.

One of her greatest contributions is her Roundup Technology program, a 21st Century Entrepreneurial Program, project-based business “learning and earning” enterprise incorporated into the Mosquero Municipal Schools’ curriculum. Her entrepreneurs are revitalizing their community with the following student-run businesses: a county-based newspaper, historical research program that compiles and publishes a book, a gift shop/snack shack, high school students teaching K-6 workshops that encompass science, reading, history, and the agricultural world, a “Paint the Town” crew, an arena crew, a professional photo studio, print shop, and video productions’ studio.

Teacher Spotlight: Stephanie Gurule-Leyba

Teacher Spotlight: Stephanie Gurule-Leyba


Every one of my students has a story.  I believe that by inspiring and elevating my students, their stories will be heard.  My motto: Listen, Learn, and Lead!

Stephanie Gurule-Leyba was raised in Las Vegas, New Mexico and is in her 22nd year at Capital High School in the Santa Fe Public Schools. She is a Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences certified teacher and teaches in the Medical Science Academy, a five-course STEAM-H pathway and is also the founder of Scrub Club, a three-summer STEAM-H enrichment program for 4th through 8th grade students. Stephanie is licensed in K-12 Science, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation.  Stephanie is a graduate of Robertson High School in Las Vegas and has always admired her teachers, including her father, for really instilling in her life lessons that she shares with her students. She discovered that she enjoyed working with students and had exciting ideas that she wanted to share. Stephanie is very passionate about STEAM-H and career readiness and as a teacher she has the opportunity to share that passion with her students.

Stephanie believes that the job of a teacher does not end when the bell rings for the day. Everyday we teach, encourage, instruct, mentor, praise, influence, guide and inspire. Those who say, “Teaching is easy,” have never been a teacher. Those who say, “Teaching is not rewarding,” have never been a teacher. But, if these same people were to see and experience students’ intellectual growth, maturity, and an ownership of their learning, many would agree that teaching is the most fulfilling job because you have molded the mind and touched the heart of a student forever. Our students need to understand that they will never finish what they started. They will always be learning. It is important that we instill a culture of learning with our students and with their families and community. We are all teachers and our students are our future.

The relationships we build with our students is the key to their success; but student success is also reliant on the relationships that are built with our families and communities. Many look to teachers as those who are supposed to educate our children, but it is important that we work together in educating and raising our children to prepare them for their future. One person cannot do it alone; it takes a community to raise a child.

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
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: Leslie Baker

TEACHER SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: Leslie Baker

” I love creating a classroom environment where students feel safe and loved. Watching a child have that “aha” moment when they make a discovery or connect ideas still fills me with excitement and reminds me why I am in this great profession. I know that I make a difference every day in large and small ways.”

 

Leslie Baker was raised in Connecticut outside of New York City and has lived in nine states. She has been a New Mexico resident since 2002 when she moved to Taos to raise her three daughters. Leslie began her teaching career in 1989 in Chesterfield County, VA where she taught fifth grade; she later taught computer applications to kindergarten through sixth graders at a Montessori school in Ohio and home-schooled in North Carolina. Her earliest memories in education are teaching her younger sisters to read and helping her mother welcome 24 preschoolers to their home every weekday morning!

Leslie has worked at Taos Charter School since 2003, teaching second and third grade and now working with students as a literacy teacher and coach. She serves as SAT and 504 Coordinator and Librarian, in addition to the many roles and hats required at a small school. She especially loves mentoring new teachers and helping them grow as teachers and learners, and thanks her own mentors for helping her gain confidence and skill in the classroom. Each year, she feels she might be learning a bit more about this process we call teaching, which is really an effort to support learning and thinking.

Ms. Baker holds a Masters in Elementary Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts where she majored in Politics. She recently obtained her NM administrative license and is currently working toward her National Board Certification.

Discovery Festival STEAM NM

Discovery Festival STEAM NM

DF17 flyer (for both days color) with sponsors

NOVEMBER 3rd(9am-3pm) & 4th(10am-3pm)

@ THE ALBUQUERQUE CONVENTION CENTER

  • Hundreds of STEAM professionals from dozens of fields will be there to share with you how their jobs change the world!
  • You will get to see tons of amazing jobs that you may not know ever existed!
  • There will be booths with awesome, hands-on activities with robotics, geology, electronics, and lots more!
  • You will have the opportunity to enter to win dozens of cool prizes!
Teacher Spotlight of the Week

Teacher Spotlight of the Week

“It’s awesome to have an ex-student go out of his or her way to say hi to me and shake my hand where ever I am. Even students you thought you weren’t making a difference in their lives go out of their way to come say hi.”

Lupe Vasquez is in his eleventh year of teaching. He had been a Certified Master Automobile Technician for 25 years when he became a teacher.  Vasquez teaches at Carlsbad High School for Carlsbad Municipal Schools. He currently teaches ninth through twelfth grade Automotive Technology. He also teaches an Introduction to Skills and Technology Class. Additionally, Lupe teaches Automotive Technology in the evenings for the local community college New Mexico State University – Carlsbad.

Lupe relishes in the idea of encountering students with little to no experience in automotive technology. He provides them with the necessary training and hands-on experience to diagnose an automotive problem, and then repair the problem. Vasquez finds it incredibly rewarding to watch his students get a sense of accomplishment and joy when they are able to correctly identify and repair an automotive issue. This makes it all worth being a teacher for him.

Teacher Spotlight of the Week

Teacher Spotlight of the Week

“The most rewarding part of my profession is when former students share their successes and experiences they remember having in my class. I also enjoy seeing the proud faces of parents and their children when celebrating small and large successes.”

Felicitas Adame – Reyes was born and raised in Santa Ana, California.  She has lived in Albuquerque since the summer of 2010 in both bilingual and special education settings.  She has taught in Santa Ana and Los Angeles, California.  Currently she teaches 4th grade in an inclusion setting and serves as a mentor teacher.

Throughout her career she has instructed in the elementary and middle school capacity.  During her time as an elementary school teacher, she has taught in different bilingual education models.  She has also helped prepare teacher candidates while teaching at Chapman University while she lived in California.  In addition to teaching, Felicitas has also served as an administrator in both Catholic and public schools.  Her skills in reading, speaking and writing in Spanish have helped her serve both students and parents.

Mrs. Adame-Reyes earned a B.A. at Chapman University in Liberal Studies.  Additionally, she has earned a M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University.  In her interest to help new teachers, she also received mentor teacher training from the University of Southern California while teaching in Los Angeles, California.

Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights

Hot off the Press: Charter schools were a hot topic this week. “More or Moratorium?” – was the name of a panel that took place in Santa Fe discussing the pros and cons of charter schools. Katie Poulos (Director of Options for Parents) sat on the panel. Check out the article in the Santa Fe New Mexican today.

Charter Grant: The Public Education Department scored a major federal grant this past week – $22,507,806.22 to be exact! Check out coverage in the Associated Press and the Albuquerque Journal.

New Mexico True Straight “A” Express Tour: Secretary Ruszkowski and PED team members continued the unprecedented tour around the state that is being talked about in all four corners! This week’s stops included: Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Los Lunas, and Belen. Check out coverage in the Albuquerque Journal and the Rio Rancho Observer. Be sure to check out our blog to stay up-to-date!

Blue Ribbon Schools: U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recognized three New Mexico schools for winning the National Blue Ribbon School award – Arrowhead Park Early College High School in Las Cruces, Desert View Elementary School in Sunland Park, and Wood Gormley Elementary School in Santa Fe. We are thrilled! Congratulations to these schools for their hard work. Check out the article in the Santa Fe New Mexican.                           

505 Scholars: Secretary R and three other cabinet secretaries joined Governor Martinez in announcing the 505 Southwestern New Mexico True Scholars scholarship program – an opportunity for students interested in making a positive impact on the agriculture industry in New Mexico. The press conference took place at Flagship Food Group warehouse in Albuquerque. Check out the coverage and incredible photo in the Los Alamos Daily Post. If you know anyone interested in applying for the $5,000 scholarship, visit the New Mexico 505 Scholars webpage.

Every Student Deserves a High-Performing School

Every Student Deserves a High-Performing School

The Release of School Grades

School Grades were recently released to the public.

Our school accountability system has earned a lot of praise for being clear and understandable for families—and this year our reports are even more family friendly following our yearlong ESSA tour. Check out the great coverage all over the state in the ABQ Journal, the Associated Press, KOAT, KOB, KRQE, the Deming Headlight, the Carlsbad Current Argus, the Farmington Daily News, and the Alamogordo Daily News.  The story on Gil Sanchez Elementary might be my favorite yet as we seek to identify and scale best practices across the state.

Background on School Grading

School Grading is part of state and federal statute that mandates accountability for all public schools.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), originally enacted in 1965, requires schools to show annual improvement in mathematics and reading. In 2011, New Mexico lawmakers enacted additional requirements that schools demonstrate progress through a grading system similar to that applied to students, A-B-C-D-F.

School Grades provide a consistent measure (now over six years) for all public schools across the state so that we can see which schools are doing well and which schools are struggling and need support.

Working for Success

Schools that embrace change, get results. School improvement is a CHOICE. Our districts and schools that continue to embrace change and new opportunities for kids are continuing to see success.

Our 15 largest districts are serving more than 60% of students in the state. The following large districts are examples of those that have embraced change over the years and are now showing strong improvements – not only increasing the number of “A” schools within their districts – but also by drastically reducing the amount of “F” schools within their districts:

  • Farmington has eliminated “F” schools and increased the amount of “A” schools

o   In 2012, 6% of its schools were “F” schools, today the district has 0 “F” schools

o   In 2012, Farmington had no “A” schools, today 37% of its schools are “A” schools

  • Gadsden has eliminated “F” schools and increased the amount of “A” schools

o   In 2012, 9% of its schools were “F” schools, today the district has 0 “F” schools

o   The district has grown the number of “A” schools by 4%

  • Alamogordo has eliminated “F” schools.

o   In 2012, 13% of its schools were “F” schools, today the district has 0 “F” schools

o   The district has grown the number of “A” schools by 14%

Our Students Deserve Better

Our most struggling students deserve better. Many of NM’s schools are not doing a good job serving their lowest performing students that are well below grade level in math and reading.

Here’s what we can do, together, about the growing divide of schools on the rise and those that are not making progress or are sliding backwards:

  1. When schools are struggling, they can choose to improve.  Over the past five years, New Mexico has invested significant resources and developed proven programs and that are getting results for kids.  Principals Pursuing Excellence (PPE) and Teacher Pursuing Excellence (TPE) are two examples of those—school turnaround programs available for struggling schools that are ready to change and grow.
  2. Under NM’s top-rated State ESSA Plan, districts are required to take action when a school persistently earns “F’s” 4, 5 or 6 years in a row.  Several of New Mexico’s schools will be under the umbrella of the “More Rigorous Interventions” category—which requires district’s to choose a different path forward.
  3. When our kids are trapped in persistently failing schools, they have options under state law.  Students enrolled in schools that have earned two “F” grades in the last four years have the right to attend a different school.
  4. When charter schools are persistently “D” and “F”, the NM PED has a moral and educational responsibility to recommend to the Public Education Commission (PEC) that their charter be considered for revocation.

What You Can Do

The release of school grades can be an exciting time for some, but we also recognize it can be a sobering time for others.

If your school received a lower grade, put yourself in the shoes of a student who received a similar grade. What would you say to them? How would you encourage them? What immediate actions would you ask them to take? Give yourself (and any colleagues that need it) the same advice.

Once you’ve processed, here are easy and quick ways to start leaning in as a teacher, to lead toward improvement:

  1. Next time you see your principal, let them know you are ready and willing to help. Ask them what you can do to help improve!
  2. Dive into the full School Grade Report, not just the first page. Identify ONE thing to celebrate and ONE area for improvement.
  3. BE A GREAT TEACHER. Dive into your student level data, identify what your kiddos need and deliver. Your students can have a positive impact on the whole school’s grade.
  4. Last, but not least. Remember, we at the NM PED are here to help! We can provide a pick me up, encouragement or expert help! Just ask!

Hear It From Teachers

Check out what teachers around NM have to say about their school’s grade.

My school went from a D to a C….. we know we are moving up to a B next year!  We are positive! We are working harder than ever….. although our amazing principal did say in today’s meeting…. “It’s not about our grade, it’s about making sure we are preparing these students!”  So, in reality, our prayer and hope to move to a B, is just our journey and knowing we are doing everything we can to get these kiddos moving in the right direction!  Work hard…. 3 year old program- to our 6th grade programs. Just work hard!  Hurley Elementary School, Cobre Consolidated Schools

Deming Intermediate went from an F to being less than 2 points away from a C.  So proud of my school!!! Deming Intermediate School, Deming Public Schools

We went up, in both our elementary and middle school, from a D to a B!!!!!  Pretty dang proud of our students and staff! Eagle Nest Elementary and Middle School, Cimarron Public Schools

My school went from a D to a C. We as a school are prepared to work even harder to move up to a B or even an A. Colinas del Norte Elementary School, Rio Rancho Public Schools

Our little school went back up to an A as well. The staff is excited and so are the kids! Reserve High School, Reserve Public Schools

Our school moved up from a D to a C, missing a B by 5 points. We are determined to get that B or A next year. We are the largest school in SFPS with the highest ELL and Special Learning population in the district! We are so proud of our students and teachers! Capital High School, Santa Fe Public Schools