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Gabrielle Begay
Teaching Policy Fellow
Hurley Elementary School

Gabrielle Begay is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus New Mexico Policy Fellow. Gabrielle is a 2nd grade teacher, and an alumna of Leading Educators through Alternative Pathways (LEAP) at Hurley Elementary in Hurley, New Mexico. She focuses on teaching children about cultural diversity, civic and political roles, and the importance of literacy. She previously taught kindergarten at Central Elementary School. Gabrielle was appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women and is a member of the local Little League board in the community that she teaches. She earned her BAS in Criminal Justice in the area of corrections from Western New Mexico University, Silver City and an M.S. Ed in Teaching and learning from University of the Southwest, Hobbs.

 
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Jawna Carlo headshot
Senior Fellow
Artesia High School

Jawna Carlo is the 2021-2022 Senior Network Teacher Leader. Jawna teaches 7th grade science at Artesia High School, where she serves on the leadership team and is the science department head. Jawna is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, has piloted a new science curriculum with OpenSciEd, and was involved in the NM STEM Ready Secondary Science Course Mapping working group. She graduated from College of the Southwest with a BS in Secondary Education and Science and received her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University.

 
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Alisa Cooper de Uribe
Teaching Policy Fellow
New Mexico International School

Alisa Cooper de Uribe is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus New Mexico Policy Fellow. She teaches at New Mexico International School, an International Baccalaureate school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a Spanish immersion first grade teacher, fostering international-mindedness in learners while weaving core content into transdisciplinary units of study. She is a member of her school community’s Pedagogical Leadership Team and Equity Council. Alisa also served on the School Advisory Committee and as World Poetry Day Coordinator. She was named the 2021 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Alisa earned her BA in English from Abilene Christian University and her MA in Spanish from Middlebury College. She completed her Alternative Licensure Program with a focus on Bilingual Education at Eastern New Mexico University, Portales.

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Jaycie Homer
Teaching Policy Fellow
Sixth Grade Academy

Jaycie Homer is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus New Mexico Policy Fellow. Jaycie is a 6th grade media literacy teacher, student council sponsor, and technology mentor at Sixth Grade Academy in Lovington, New Mexico. She focuses on teaching children in the areas of career and technical education, digital citizenship, and digital literacy in order to foster their vocational skills and translate those to a professional environment. Jaycie has received awards for highly effective teacher ratings in 2016 and 2017. She was awarded for coaching Science Olympiad event Game On, and is in the process of earning her National Board Certification. Jaycie earned her BA in Science with an emphasis in education from University of the Southwest, Hobbs, and an MA in Educational Technology with a TESOL endorsement from Eastern New Mexico University, Portales.

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Nancy Johnson headshot
Senior Fellow
3rd grade teacher
Desert Willow Elementary School
Carlsbad Municipal Schools

Nancy Johnson is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus New Mexico Senior Policy Fellow. Nancy teaches 3rd grade at Desert Willow Elementary School, where she is the professional learning community facilitator for the 3rd grade level team, team leader for Discovery Education, and member of the Science Adoption Committee. Nancy has served as science coordinator for Elementary in Artesia Public Schools; reading adoption coordinator in Hagerman, New Mexico; principal in Roswell, New Mexico; and SAT coordinator in Carlsbad, New Mexico. She received the 2018 Teacher of the Month Award from Carlsbad. Nancy serves as the school liaison for the New Mexico Teacher Leader Network. She earned a BA of Science in Education and an MA in Education from Eastern New Mexico University.

 
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Chris Kenner
Teaching Policy Fellow
Horizon Academy West Charter School

>Chris Kenner is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus New Mexico Policy Fellow. Chris  is a 5th grade general education TESOL teacher at Horizon Academy West Charter School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is the grade level team leader as well as the SAT representative. At New Mexico State University, she earned her BA of Science in Education. Her time at NMSU also allowed her to complete her student teaching in Belize, Central America. She recently completed her MA of Education in Student Affairs at the University of West Alabama.

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Senior Fellow
Math Interventionist and STEAM-H
Mark Armijo Academy
Albuquerque Charter School

Joe Dan M. Lovato is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus New Mexico Senior Policy Fellow. He is an educator at Mark Armijo Academy in Albuquerque. Along with teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science at the school, he also taught the 8th grade Next-Step class, a STEAM-H elective with a focus on agriculture and climate change, and incentive electives in cryptozoology, extraterrestrial/paranormal investigations, and a guitar/songwriting workshop. The New Mexico Public Education Department recognized Joe Dan as a finalist for the 2018 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. He earned a BA in Education and a MA in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) as well as received his Administration Licensure from Eastern New Mexico University. 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.

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Kelsey McCaffrey
Teaching Policy Fellow
Albuquerque Collegiate Charter School

Kelsey McCaffrey is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus New Mexico Policy Fellow. Kelsey is an elementary intervention teacher, instructional coach and a teacher liaison NMTLM at Albuquerque Collegiate Charter School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She focuses on teaching in the areas of phonics and literacy programs supporting both English language learners and an array of students to boost confidence and success in the foundational steps of reading. Kelsey was a Teach For America corp member (2019-21) and is a current TFANM Alumni board member (2021). She earned her BA in International Relations from California State University, Chico, and her TESOL teaching certification from Santa Fe Community College.

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Monica Nuñez
Teaching Policy Fellow
Santa Teresa High School

Monica Nuñez is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus New Mexico Policy Fellow. Monica is a  physics teacher and administrative intern at Santa Teresa High School in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.  She is currently in her 16 year of teaching in the Gadsden Independent School District. Monica Nunez has been awarded distinguished fellowships that have shaped her own personal & professional life, which include a 2019 Polar TREC Educator Fellowship - Arctic, 2018 New Mexico TRIO Alumni Achiever, and 2017 National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship - Antarctica. Monica has both a BS in Education and an MA in Curriculum & Instruction from New Mexico State University. She is currently pursuing her Educational Leadership Certification at Western New Mexico University.

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Kelly Pearce
Senior Fellow
6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade teacher
Lincoln Middle School
Rio Rancho Public Schools

Kelly Pearce is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus New Mexico Senior Policy Fellow. Kelly supports English Learners and Native American students and their teachers in elementary and secondary schools throughout Rio Rancho. She has taught preschool through high school in New Mexico and Thailand, as well as Armenia during a two-year stint as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. Kelly served as a New Mexico Public Education Department Teacher Ambassador from 2019 to 2021. She was Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s 2013 New Mexico History Teacher of the Year and was named 2019 Teacher of the Year by DreamWakers, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization that brings virtual guest speakers into classrooms. She earned her BA in journalism from Arizona State University, her MA in elementary education from Western New Mexico University, her TESOL certification from the University of New Mexico, and her administrative license from New Mexico Highlands University.

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