Hope Morales is the New Mexico Executive Director. In this role, she partners with champion teachers across the state to lead change in policy and systems that have a direct impact on students. Prior to joining Teach Plus in 2017, Hope taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 7th grades in Roswell Independent School District and was the district’s Teacher on Special Assignment. In 2015 and 2016, she was recognized as Chaves County's“Teacher of Character.” During her nine years in the classroom, Hope was active in her school and district in a variety of leadership positions, including as a member of the superintendent’s advisory council and of the hearing authority committee.
Hope is an alumna of the 2016-17 New Mexico’s inaugural Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellowship and has launched Teach Plus' inaugural statewide Teach Plus Network. She has served on the New Mexico Secretary’s Teacher Advisory and as a member of the New Mexico Teacher Leader Network. Hope was elected to a four-year term as a local school board member for the Roswell Independent School District in 2019. She earned a BA in University Studies and a MA in Education Administration from Eastern New Mexico University. She lives in Roswell with her husband and three children.