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.