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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.

Free New Mexico Magazine Subscription for Teachers and Our Students

Free New Mexico Magazine Subscription for Teachers and Our Students

Great news! New Mexico Magazine just launched a program called Subscriptions for Students. With this offer any New Mexico teacher can request a free subscription for their class.

Rachel Dennis, a history teacher at Jackson Middle School in Albuquerque has shared this guest post about how she has used this program in her classroom. Enjoy!

I love teaching and I love New Mexico! Both things I carry on from my mom, a retired APS teacher, who just so happened to be my 7th grade New Mexico history teacher. When I was younger, we spent weekends as a family traveling around the state checking out all the wonderful and unique places New Mexico has to offer.

When I started teaching New Mexico history 9 years ago it amazed me how many of my students had never explored their state, let alone even been outside of Albuquerque. This realization is where New Mexico Magazine really got its initial appeal, and why I’ve been so excited to be a pilot class for the new Subscriptions for Students Program. Now that my students have their own copies of the magazine, they love looking at the pictures of the people, places and art that we are studying and are surprised to see how these wonderful things are right in their own backyard. The images were the initial grab to get the students’ attention, but what I’ve found is that the articles they are reading in the magazine can be so easily tied into our curriculum and standards.

As a school this year we really wanted to focus on informational text, and New Mexico Magazine lends the most perfect pieces of writing for my students to analyze. We do a monthly (at least) assignment with the articles, marking the text using AVID strategies, analyzing author’s purpose and looking at cause and effect pieces of the stories.

I am so grateful to New Mexico Magazine for providing each of my students with a monthly subscription! The magazine is influencing their lives and has added a new level to my teaching. I am proud to be piloting the Subscriptions for Students Program. I love that I am able to bring the community into my classroom and share it with the students, who can then share with their families as well! I plan to continue to utilize the magazine in my curriculum to help further their reading, writing and analysis skills.

I strongly encourage all my fellow teachers to adopt and use this program in their classrooms! I really want to see this program succeed, not only so I can keep using this as a tool in my classroom for years to come, but to share the success with lots of other students in our state!

To request the Subscriptions for Students Program for your class, send an email to circ@nmmagazine.com or call 505-827-6387.