Juan Aragón is a Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellow. Juan teaches AP Spanish language and culture at West Mesa High School where he serves as the bilingual coordinator and chair for the Modern and Classical Languages department. Juan has served as a member of the inaugural Secretary’s advisory board, is the co-founder of La Resolana Leadership Academy charter school, and has served as principal at Robert F. Kennedy Charter high school. Juan graduated from Colorado College with a BA in Spanish Language and Literature and earned a MA in Educational Administration from the University of New Mexico.
Dawn Bilbrey is a Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellow. Dawn teaches 8th grade ELA and US history at Texico Middle School and serves as the S.A.T. Coordinator and RtI Specialist for her school district. Dawn is a member of the NM Education Secretary’s Teacher Advisory committee and is a New Mexico Teacher Leader Network Ambassador for the state. In 2017, Dawn was selected as one of the New Mexico Teacher of the Year finalists. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a BA in Secondary Education and earned a MA in Education from Eastern New Mexico University.
Katelin Cincis is a Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellow. Katelin teaches 2nd grade at Mesa Elementary School, where she is a member of her school’s technology team. Katelin previously served as an intern at Mission Hill School in Massachusetts, a pilot-inclusion school, working with students with special behavioral and learning needs. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in History and a minor in Education, and earned a MA in Teaching Elementary with a focus on STEM from Tufts University.
Aja Currey is a Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellow. Aja is the head special education teacher for 1st-8th grades at Rio Gallinas Charter School for Ecology and the Arts, where she also sponsors the K-Kids Community Service Club and the Sunshine Staff Appreciation committee. She is a member of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Partners in Policymaking Program. Aja graduated from NM Highlands University with a BA in Early Childhood Multicultural Education and a BA in Special Education and is currently working on a master’s degree in educational leadership at NMHU.
Darlene Fortier is a Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellow. Darlene teaches a full inclusion 3rd grade class at Cochiti Elementary School, where she leads the 3rd grade interim assessment development study. Darlene has chaired the school’s literacy goal team, helping to secure a writing program to help the school’s struggling writers. Darlene was recognized by Fine Arts for Children and Teens (FACT) for bringing art into the classroom as a means of self-discovery. She earned a BA in Elementary Education and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading emphasis from New Mexico Highlands University.
Ruth Gallegos is a Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellow. Ruth teaches 6th grade Language Arts at Kirtland Elementary School. She previously worked as a Registrar for the University of New Mexico and Director of a Distance Learning Site for Old Dominion University in Virginia. Ruth graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Elementary Education and an MA in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Multicultural Education.
Brittany Behenna Griffith is a Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellow. Brittany teaches early childhood special education in an inclusive classroom of three- and four-year-olds at Nye Early Childhood Center. Brittany is on the school instructional leadership team and serves as her school’s lead teacher. She previously taught 7th grade math and science and served on the leadership team at Marshall Middle School in Clovis, New Mexico. Brittany graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a BA in elementary education and a BA in special education, and earned her MEd in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction and her MSpEd in early childhood special education from Eastern New Mexico University.
Shari Hicks is a Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellow. Shari is a life skills teacher at Military Heights in Roswell, New Mexico and is her school’s representative on the Superintendent Advisory Committee. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a BA in Special Education k-12 with a dual minor in History and Reading.
Emily Holtz is a Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellow. Emily teaches kindergarten at Colinas del Norte Elementary School and serves on the school’s community involvement team and district level calendar committee. Emily has previously served on the district implementation team for new curriculum and led the 3rd grade team as a model classroom for new curriculum. She graduated from Texas State University with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies and earned a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University-College Station.
Jill Hutchinson-Bass is a Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellow. Jill teaches 5th grade English language arts and social studies at Carlos Gilbert Elementary. She has served English Language Learners as a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) teacher. Jill is a team leader on the instructional leadership team and has served on the instructional review committee. She earned a BS in Elementary Education from New Mexico State University, a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Mexico, and received a Certificate of Educational Technology and Informational Literacy through the State University of New York, Buffalo.