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Teach Plus New Mexico Names Teachers to Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellowship

March 28, 2019

The New Cohort Includes 16 Teachers from Across the State

Albuquerque, NM - Teach Plus New Mexico has selected 16 highly-effective teacher leaders from around the state as Fellows of its third New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellowship.  During the ten-month program, Fellows will work on key state-level issues, such as funding for at-risk students, teacher recruitment and pipeline, and high quality professional development for New Mexico’s educators.  The program empowers teachers to magnify the impact they have in their classrooms through personal interactions with education leaders and opportunities to advocate for policies that will better serve New Mexico teachers and students.  The new cohort includes 16 educators from across New Mexico.

“In the past two years, Teach Plus and Teach Plus teachers have demonstrated the positive change that well-informed and solutions-oriented educators can achieve on behalf of their students and the profession,” said Hope Morales Teach Plus New Mexico State Director.  “We’re looking forward to another impactful year ahead and to helping shape policies that improve education for New Mexico students.”
“I am ecstatic to work with a policy group who truly has our students’ best interests at heart. This is an opportunity for me to help enhance policy that will support all stakeholders and will lead our educational system in a positive direction.” said Tennise Lucas, 5th grade teacher at Valley View Elementary School, Roswell, NM.
Teaching Policy Fellows are:
Derrick Adkins, Bernalillo
Victoria Apodaca-Fisk, Dona Ana
Gary Bass, Santa Fe
Julia Burrola, Bernalillo 
Jawna Carlo, Eddy
Eliana Esquibel, Dona Ana
Allison Heneghan, Grant
Kiersten Jacoby, McKinely
Nancy Johnson, Eddy
Danielle Kusmak, Otero
Joe Dan Lovato, Bernalillo
Tennise Lucas, Chaves
Jeneen Lujan, Santa Fe
Pam Price, Santa Fe
Jessica Sanders, Roswell
Sonny Sapien, Bernalillo
The new Fellows come from traditional district and public charter schools across the Land of Enchantment. Many of the incoming teachers have won teaching awards and hold teacher leadership roles with their various schools and districts.
About Teach Plus: 
The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that affect their students’ success.  Since 2009, Teach Plus has trained thousands of teacher leaders across the country who are driving policy changes and improving the instructional practices of teachers to create an education system driven by equity, access, and excellence for all students.