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B.S. in Chemistry   3.5 GPA  1985 California State University Long Beach, CA

 Dean's List, honor society, peer tutor, undergraduate research with analytical professor    (High school National Merit Scholar)  Completed half of course work at University of Arizona

Secondary Education Licensure Program   NMHU Las Vegas, NM

    4.0 GPA  (2002)

Masters in Secondary Pedagogy:  Eastern New Mexico, Portales, NM

    4.0 GPA   (2011)

Additional Nondegree Coursework  

University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Alamosa State University, etcetera

    4.0 GPA   (ongoing)


Highly Qualified Level III Instructional Leader

7-12th grade endorsements in  Mathematics, Science, and Gifted from  State Public Education Department 

Professional experience    

2012-2016         Maxwell Municipal Schools, Maxwell, NM

MATH Teach 7th Grade through high school seniors math (courses have included 7th and 8th grade math, Algebra, Integrated Math 1, Geometry, Integrated Math 2,  Algebra 2, Integrated Math 3, and Financial Literacy)

SCIENCE Chemistry.

2005-2012            Raton Public Schools, Raton, NM

MATH Teach 9-12th grade math (including Vocational Math, Remedial Math, Intervention Math, Algebra 1, Integrated Math 1, Integrated Math 2,  and Integrated Math 3.  ACT Test Preparation)   Math Department head

SCIENCE Physical Science, Chemistry, ACT Test Preparation, Alternative School (Biology, Anatomy, Astronomy), Summer school

1999 - 2005          Des Moines Municipal Schools, Des Moines, NM

MATH Teach 8th-12th grade math (including Individualized Math, 8th Grade Math, Algebra 1, Integrated Math 1, Geometry, Integrated Math 2, Algebra 2, Integrated Math 3 and Advanced Math.)  K-6 Math Mentor

SCIENCE Chemistry and Physics. K-6 Science Mentor, Science Fair.


PNM Earth Science Grant “What our Water Ought to be!” 

Facilitated PBS Teacherline Inquiry-Based Learning in the Classroom K-12

Presented “Netlogo: the James Bond of Agent-based Modeling” at June 2014 STEM symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Mentorship Preparation Program -Northern New Mexico Network

Curriculum maps, pacing guides, and units for all district secondary math courses

Intel Math K-8th Grade


National Honor Society Sponsor

Educator Rising! former Future Educators Assocation Sponsor, Teacher Cadet Course

Chess Club Sponsor

Class Sponsor (graduation, fundraising, concessions, theatrical plays, proms, dances, etcetera)

NMEPSCoR New Mexico Educational Plan to Stimulate Competitive Research

Science and Math field Trips (Capulin Volcano National Monument, Sugarite State Park, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jemez Volcanic Field)

STEM and career: Avionics and Aeronautics field trip (Kirtland Air Force base)

Leadership & Implementation Teams for MC2 Common Core Math Standards


MC2 Mathematically Connected Communities and its predecessor MathStar from New Mexico State University (including annual weeklong summer institutes in Las Vegas, Espanola, Santa Fe and Las Cruces, New Mexico.)

MC2 Virtual Learning Network – CTLC Collaborative Teaching Learning Cycle (weekly Zoom online professional learning community of middle school and high school math educators in Northeastern New Mexico)

PED Division of Assessment and Accountability: End Of Course Exams Standard-Setting, Item Writing and Setting Pass Scores for EOCs in math and science

PED Using Math Discussions to Support Math Common Core Standards and Math Practices in the Classroom

Teachscape Learn (Foundations of Effective Mathematics Teaching, Essential Teaching Strategies, High Yield Strategies, Creating the Environment for Learning, Helping Students Develop  Understanding,  Helping Students Extend and Apply Knowledge, Instructional Strategies to Improve Student Achievement and Strategies to Deepen Student Learning)

PED STEM conference in Albuquerque, PRESENTER at PED STEM Computer Science For All

CS4All.NM Tech in Socorro, New Mexico, Weeklong summer institute Computer Science For All CS4All including Mindsets

Stanford University Jo Boaler, EDUC115S How to Learn math for Students: Mindsets for math learning, completed within all 7-12th math classes


ASCD:  Virtual Learning Network Mathematics

ASCD: Implications and Applications of Latest Brain Research for Learners and Teachers

SIMFA: "Just the Basics - How to Get Started with SMG". The Stock Market Game program in your classroom

ExCELL: Expediting Comprehension for English Language learners: Technically, all students are English-Language Learners  by Margarita Calderon and Hector Montenegro

Education Week: Curriculum Associates Overcoming Student Reluctance to Write

MC2 Count Down to PARCC Professional Development

Renaissance Learning: It’s Time: How to “Go deep” to meet the new math standards

Texas Instruments Deciphering Ratios with TI-Nspire™ Technology: Are They Fractions?

Learning Sciences Recording and Representing Knowledge: Classroom Techniques to Help Students Accurately Organize and Summarize Content


1992 – 1999            Law Firms in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Raton, NM

Legal Secretary, Paralegal, and Office Manager

Civil law firms engaged in insurance defense, multidistrict and other litigation.

Volunteer tutor for two years with Literacy Volunteers of America

1986 - 1992          San Francisco Laboratory Center, California

Forensic Chemist: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

Analyzed explosives and arson evidence, reported findings, trained scientists, testified in state, local and federal courts, participated in search warrants/crime scene investigation including ATF's National Response Team.  FTIR, GC/MS, IR, Xray Fluorescence and Scanning Electron Microscope equipment, in addition to physical and wet chemical tests and analyses.  Chemical hygiene committee.

Professional memberships    

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

Computer Science Teacher Association (CSTA).

New Mexico National Science Teacher Association (NMNSTA)

New Mexico Council of Teachers of Math (NMCTM)

Former member of National Science Teachers  Association (NSTA), American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), and National Council of Teachers of Math (NCTM).