2019 NMAEYC Early Childhood Annual Conference
 
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NMREX [More Info]
 
Mayra Acevedo [More Info]
Community Advocacy Manager
 
Teresa Acevedo [More Info]
Executive director and co-founder; early childhood consultant,
Tucson Children’s Project
Teresa Acevedo, an early childhood consultant, is the executive director and co-founder of Tucson Children’s Project, which works to develop community projects that bring people and resources together in dialog to further the understanding of the municipal infant-toddler and pre-schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Teresa was the children’s services director at the Child Parent Centers in Tucson, Arizona from 1982 to 2016 and is the co-author of the Languages of Learning Framework, a Reggio-in uenced curriculum.
 
Terry Anderson [More Info]
Executive Director
Community Partnership for Children is a not-for-profit organizations in southern New Mexico, Grant County. This organization has a project of connecting childcare centers together to address economic development in the communities by sharing resources. The Grant County Community Early Care & Education: LINKS brings directors of all child care centers in the community together to network and support the for-profit, nonprofit and faith based programs serving children and families. In the area.
 
Emily Aragon [More Info]
Parent Education Coordinator
 
Jovanna Archuleta [More Info]
Children are competent when they have competent parents
Anna Marie is the Early Childhood Director at the LANL Foundation. She has offered technical support to First Born programs throughout the state and was instrumental in starting the Northwest NM First Born home visitation program serving San Juan and McKinley Counties including the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo. She continues to support home visiting as a statewide initiative to improve the health and well-being of New Mexico children and families and works to build infrastructure across several program models. She is currently working on a project in partnership with the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council that is mapping home visitation and family support systems in each of the Eight Northern Pueblos. Anna Marie has a master’s degree in early childhood/special education and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in early childhood social justice.
 
Erin Armijo [More Info]
Teacher
 
Jesse Armijo [More Info]
AT Specialist
 
Mike Ashcraft [More Info]
Founder and CEO
Mike and Chelsea have been active in the child and youth development field since 1989. They currently live in the small mountain community called Cedar Grove, New Mexico with their two wonderful daughters. Mike and Chelsea met while working at a YMCA that ran a summer day camp and school-age child care program. They successfully managed a number of camps and afterschool programs, and Chelsea directed a corporate child care center for a number of years. Mike and Chelsea founded and direct a non-profit organization that provides youth development programs as well as staff training, and consulting. This organization has been named one of the top six workplaces in New Mexico for six years in a row. Mike taught courses in brain-based teaching, and middle childhood development for Concordia University. Mike is a former President of the NM School-Age Care Alliance and the NM Association for the Education of Young Children. Chelsea teaches courses in leadership, child care management, early childhood guidance, and teaching strategies at the Central New Mexico college. They are authors of Best Practices: Guidelines for School-Age Programs, and Leading to Learn: Learning to Lead – Organizational Leadership for the Child Care and Youth Development Director. They frequently teach workshops, seminars, and keynotes. They have presented at many national conferences. They have trained staff from all 50 states of the USA, as well as, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Puerto Rico, and Japan.
 
Therese Baca-Radler [More Info]
Full-Time ECME Faculty at Central New Mexico Community College
My name is Therese Baca-Radler. I am a teacher of teachers and a lifelong learner. I currently teach Early Childhood Multicultural Education at Central New Mexico Community College. I am also a PhD candidate at the University of New Mexico. My passion is in helping others to be the best learners that they can be. This holds true in preschool learning environments as well as those in higher education. I find human development and learning processes fascinating. I have devoted my life and career to learning more about those processes and how they work within formal education settings. I emphasize diversity and inclusion in my studies and work to bring awareness of the growing policy and curricular needs that surround these topics in education today.
 
Joel Baum [More Info]
Senior Director, Professional Development
Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum, from the nonprofit Gender Spectrum, facilitates trainings, develops curriculum, consults with families and professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender and young people. Gender Spectrum provides education, resources, and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.
 
Katelyn Bird [More Info]
Teacher
 
Dawn Browder [More Info]
Education Consultant
 
Veronica Burnett [More Info]
Regional STEM Consultant
As a certified EC-8 grade and bilingual teacher for 15 years, Veronica provided support to teachers and students in Science instruction by teaching preK-5th grade students in a Science lab. Her expertise is in thus promoting a rich learning environment that addresses the individual needs of all students. Mrs. Burnett is a highly versatile and acclaimed Regional STEM Specialist with STEMscopes.
 
Veronica Burnett [More Info]
Regional STEM Trainer, Teacher
STEMscopes
Veronica Burnett has a life-long passion for science and the investigative process and seeks every opportunity to transfer that passion to educators. She is a certified EC-8 grade and bilingual teacher and has taught for 18 years with 7 of those years in a dual- language district. Veronica is currently a Regional STEM Trainer for STEMscopes.
 
Dr. Sara del Campo de Gonzalez [More Info]
 
Amy Canales [More Info]
STEM Account Manager
STEMscopes
Amy Canales has over 17 years of experience in education. She has been a teacher, district science coordinator, college science methods lecturer, assistant director of curriculum and instruction, and a district early childhood facilitator. She is currently a STEM Account Manager for STEMscopes where she promotes and shares her enthusiasm of STEM with PreK-12 classrooms teachers and administrators in Texas and New Mexico.
 
Susan Clark [More Info]
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
Katherine Susan Clark earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Sciences with a concentration in Human Development and Family Studies and an endorsement in Secondary Education from Mississippi State University in 2006. In 2013, she received her Masters of Education in Instructional Specialist with a concentration in Early Childhood from the University of Texas at El Paso. In May of 2018, she completed a Ph. D. in Teaching, learning, and Culture at the University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Clark received numerous honors and awards including being selected as an AERA Division K Graduate Student Pre-Conference Seminar Participant, honorable mention for the UTEP Outstanding Teaching Award for Graduate Students, UTEP Student Travel Grant, and the AAA Shirley Brice Heath New CAE Scholar Travel Stipend. While pursuing her doctorate she worked as a Training and Curriculum Specialist at a local Military Child Development Center, as well as a preceptor, instructor, and research assistant at the University of Texas at El Paso. Currently, she is employed an Adjunct Professor at UTEP in the Teacher Education Department. Dr. Clark presented her research at national conference meetings including the American Association for Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS), and the American Association of Anthropology (AAA). Additionally, she has presented professional development workshops for organizations such as the Paso Del Norte Association for the Education of Young Children (PDNAEYC), and the New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (NMAEYC). Dr. Clark’s research focuses on the Professional Identities and learning experiences of Early Childhood Educators.
 
Christie Colunga [More Info]
Early Childhood Education Residential Faculty
Paradise Valley Community College
Christie Colunga is a Residential Early Childhood faculty member at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to teaching Early Childhood Education coursework and academic program oversight, she develops career enhancing professional development for members of the local early childhood community.
 
Michelle Crespin [More Info]
Director
 
Mary Ellen Dannenberg [More Info]
Prek Progam Specialist
National Board Certified Early Childhood Generalist and special education teacher. Prek Program specialist for NM Public Education Department
 
Martha Debelak [More Info]
Retired teacher and Coach
Retired Early Childhood Teacher and Parent Educator. Also worked as an Internal Coach in the Minnesota Reading Corps Program for preK children. Masters degree from UNM and Bachelors degree from University of Wisconsin-Stout.
 
Dr. Sara del Campo de Gonzalez [More Info]
Medical Director, Pediatrician
UNM Young Children's Health Center
Sara del Campo de Gonzalez, MD is a general pediatrician and medical director at the Young Children’s Health Center, a community-based clinic of the University of New Mexico located in the Albuquerque’s International District, and is a fully integrated behavioral-medical health center that uses a trauma-informed care model while focusing on strengths-based approaches. As director of the Advocacy Program in Pediatrics for UNM, she has the opportunity to educate all pediatricians-in-training that graduate from the UNM pediatrics residency program in advocacy and community engagement. Her special interests are in trauma-informed care, excessive childhood stress activation, resilience and protective factors, early childhood development and immigration. Dr. Del Campo de Gonzalez is from KEYNOTE HIGHLIGHTS the border region of the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, and grew up in a household of educators. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio, she worked in early learning centers and fell in love with the pediatric population. Later, during the year before beginning her studies at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, she worked at YDI Head Start as a teaching assistant. These experiences in early childhood, while on the road to becoming a physician, solidi ed her interest in becoming a pediatrician and her interest in early childhood development and family well-being.
 
Anilla Del Fabbro [More Info]
Dr.
University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability
I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist with special interests in Infant Mental Health (IMH) and perinatal psychiatry. I am IMH endorsed at Level IV. I am currently the Medical Director at the Center for Development and Disability. I am also the clinical director for the Early Childhood Evaluation Program. I completed my medical school training in South Africa and have worked in the UK. I completed my residency and fellowship at UNM. I am a mother of a 17 year old boy, a 10 year old girl and a poodle.
 
Kathy DeSoto-Strickland [More Info]
Dr.
NMAEYC VP Public Policy President Elect
 
Martha Egnal [More Info]
Head of School
Martha has been serving as the director of the Guadalupe Montessori School in Silver City since the fall of 2014. Martha's leadership is based on over a decade of experience at GMS, including instruction; food service management; music programming; and design, development, and management of our award-winning school and community garden. Martha received her B.A. in Religious Studies from Brown University, where she also completed the Undergraduate Teachers Education Program with a provisional certificate in Secondary Social Studies and History. During college, Martha was heavily involved in urban farming and community gardening, and student taught at an experiential High School. Ultimately, her talents in experiential education, community gardening, and professional cooking would come together at GMS: After founding the garden that both feeds and helps educate our students, Martha ran the school's meal program for two years. She has also served the school as the unofficial music teacher as well as its 7th year Guide. All of Martha’s three daughters attended GMS through Elementary, and are now students at Aldo Leopold Charter School. Martha is deeply inspired by the ultimate goal of Montessori education- to bring about world peace through implementing a developmental educational model that allows each child to reach their fullest potential.
 
Anthony Fleg [More Info]
family physician
Native Health Initiative, UNM Dept of Family and Community Medicine, UNM College of Population Healt
 
Amanda Flores [More Info]
Instructional Coach
 
September Gerety [More Info]
Consultant
September Gerety is passionate about learning and school readiness for all young children, especially those considered to be at-risk. She has a BA in Elementary Education and a MEd in Educational Leadership. Over the last 25 years, she has been a teacher, administrator, parent educator, and coach. She now works as a consultant with early childhood programs and systems to implement research-based teaching and professional development practices, and to prevent challenging behavior. September also provides training and coaching for teachers and coaches across the United States. You can learn more about her work at septembergerety.com.
 
Robin Goodnight [More Info]
Center Director
NAEYC, Grand Canyon University Alumni, Little Flower Learning Center, NMCCEA
I currently have a BS in Business and a Master's degree in early childhood education. In addition, I am working on my Ed.D. in organizational leadership for education. I have 16 years of experience in the field of early childhood education. I am a native of Albuquerque.
 
Britton Goodwin [More Info]
Presenter/Owner
I am a long time educator in the field of early childhood. I decided to take my classroom and its philosophies on the road, and share science and manipulative ideas with educators and students around the state.
 
Carolyn Gore [More Info]
Educator
 
Loni Gross [More Info]
Lead Teacher
I am currently a Lead Teacher at UNM Children's Campus. I am also in the last year of my Masters program in Language, Literacy, & Sociocultural Studies with a concentration in Educational Thought & Sociocultural Studies.
 
Cathy Gutierrez-Gomez [More Info]
Associate Professor
NM AEYC
 
Hailey Heinz [More Info]
Policy Researcher
 
Kyle Henderson [More Info]
Family Specialist & Graduate Student
UNM Center for Development and Disability, UNM College of Education - Special Education
Kyle Henderson is a master’s student at the University of New Mexico studying Special Education focusing on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD) and Learning Disabilities with an expected graduation date of May 2019. He has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Early Childhood Special Education and has taught at a state-funded, college-based preschool in California. Previously, he has presented at the Annual NMAEYC 2018 conference on the topic of “Use Your Words,” which is a presentation about explicitly teaching young children social skills to increase their life outcomes, social-emotional skills, and ability to build and maintain relationships. Additionally, he will be presenting a poster session at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2019 Special Education Convention & Expo in January 2019. Kyle’s research interests include the bio-psycho-social factors that predispose boys to disabilities, school failure, incarceration, and suicide; social skills instruction; medical illness’ impact on students as well as educators; and the effects of positive male role models on young children.
 
Karla Holck [More Info]
Teacher
 
Emily Holzknecht [More Info]
 
Dr. Andrew Hsi [More Info]
Director, MD, MPH; General Pediatrician and Professor
UNM Health Sciences Institute for Resilience, Health, and Justice; Family and Community Medicine and Pediatrics.
Dr. Andrew Hsi, MD, MPH, the director of the UNM Health Sciences Institute for Resilience, Health, and Justice, is a general pediatrician and professor of Family and Community Medicine and Pediatrics. He has focused on developing systems of care to reduce the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and childhood trauma on the health and life course of children and youth. He started the FOCUS Program directed at preventing ACEs for children and families affected by prenatal substance use disorders while supporting early childhood development and parentingin the rst years of life. More recently he started the ADOBE Program, acomprehensive model of care for youth discharged from juvenile detentionin Bernalillo County. Dr. Hsi received the rst Humanism in Medicine award from the American Association of Medical Colleges, the oversight organization for academic medical schools in the US. He received the Children’s Champion Award from New Mexico Voices for Children for career advocacy for children and families. He provides primary care to children and parents at the UNM Hospital medical clinics. His public health interest is that of building and sustaining models of care that serve populations marginalized by economic and political systems. He speaks frequently on issues related to two-generation service models, comprehensive care for parents and their children, the impact of ACSs in family systems, and the medical and behavioral health needs of youth in the criminal justice system.
 
Amanda Kolar [More Info]
Lead Teacher
 
Sarah Kramer [More Info]
 
Cynthia Lashley [More Info]
Ph.D.
 
Adrien Lawyer [More Info]
Co-Director
Adrien Lawyer is the co-director and co-founder of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. The TGRCNM is the only organization that provides a wide array of services solely for the transgender community of the state of New Mexico, including food, clothing, monthly bus passes, rapid HIV testing, counseling and much more. Adrien has presented Transgender 101 more than 900 times all over the state of New Mexico and has been instrumental in doing advocacy at the individual and policy levels. For instance, TGRCNM has assisted a local women's transitional living facility to accept transgender women as clients. He is a transgender man and a father and is working for equality and accessible resources for the entire transgender community.
 
Donna Lucero [More Info]
Clinical Director
Donna Lucero is a native New Mexican, a University of New Mexico graduate (BA in psychology; minor in family studies; MA in Counseling) wiith over 26 years of experience working with kids & families who have experienced trauma, mental health issues, poverty and adversity. Donna strongly believes in the critical nature of early childhood development, healthy brain development, attachment and relationship for kids to grow to be healthy, productive adults. She believes in the importance of family/community/social support, healthy relationships, movement, music, nature and activity, not only helping people heal, but eradicating violence and harm in our families and communities. Donna has extensive experience and training working from a trauma informed lens. Extensive training in early childhood development and various intervention models including the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics; Attachment, Regulation and Competence; Practice Self-Regulation, Circle of Security; Nurtured Heart; Nurturing Parenting and Brain Gym. (144 words)
 
Karen Lucero [More Info]
Director of Inspirations Early Intervention, Inc.
NMASHA, NMOTA,
Inspirations' team would like to present their multidisciplinary home feeding program. We have speech language pathologists who specialize in feeding, a nurse rehabilitation specialist, an occupational therapist, and dietitians on the team. All are licensed and work through the Family Infant Toddler Program Individual Family Service Plan process. Specific presenters names and biography's can be presented to you as we confirm the time.
 
Lenore “Leo” Lundholm [More Info]
Education Director
Child-Parent Centers Inc.,
Lenore “Leo” Lundholm, works for Child-Parent Centers Inc., the Head Start and Early Head Start grantee in Southeastern Arizona. Leo is the Education Director, where she is responsible for program operations, leadership and regulatory functions. She manages program planning and improvement, as well as evaluates and supports staff professional development within the context of the Head Start performance Standards and the Reggio approach.
 
Dymorie Maker [More Info]
Early Childhood Instructional Coach
 
Bobbie Marquez [More Info]
Home Visitor
I have been in the early childhood education field for over twenty years. I have been a director of a daycare, owned my own private, licensed home day care, a lead teacher for Head start and currently I am a home visitor. I also am an advocate for early childhood education. I am a mother to three amazing young adults. My passion has always been for early childhood education.
 
Roberta Marquez [More Info]
Assistant Professor
Roberta Marquez is an Assistant Professor of Special Education with the School of Education at Western New Mexico University. Roberta’s doctoral research work focuses on Special Education teacher preparation and she is a member New Mexico’s Early Childhood Personnel Center Leadership Team developing, implementing, and evaluating systems of personnel development for the early childhood workforce. Roberta earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, and a law degree from the University of New Mexico, School of Law. Roberta serves as Chair of the Foundation Scholarships Committee and is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children.
 
Andrew Martinez [More Info]
Teacher
 
Lisa McNiven [More Info]
Disability consultant
Ms. McNiven is currently a Disability Consultant with the N.M. Governor’s Commission on Disability, where she has been employed for the past 11 years. She was born Deaf due to maternal rubella. She obtained a B.A. degree in Psychology from Gallaudet University and completed her Master of Public Administration degree at the University of New Mexico in May of 2016. She has been a member of various boards and commissions ranging from the NM School for the Deaf to the City of Albuquerque ADA Council. She provided direct services to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind Communities at the Community Outreach Program for the Deaf for 11 years. In past years, out of her passion to promote equality and understanding of the disability community, she has developed numerous trainings and projects on various topics and issues statewide such as, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Medical Access, Emergency Preparedness, and Disability Awareness.
 
Bonnie Lee Murphy [More Info]
Founder
NAEYC, NMAEYC, CEC (Council for Exceptional Children), NMCEC, NMCASE (Council of Administrators of S
Longer/More Personal Version: After a childhood full of trauma and dropping out of high school, Mrs. Murphy became an aide, then a teacher, at an NAEYC accredited preschool in Los Alamos. She worked with Prek and 1/2 day Kindergarteners for 10 years while pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education, earning her an endorsement in Psychology. Having found a love for learning about how children like herself develop and learn helped her figure herself out while attending 7 years of therapy and programs and finding a second family through her new-found faith and at her church, she then followed her own children's educational path into an Elementary Education degree program at UNM in Albuquerque, student teaching in APS in Kindergarten and 2nd grade. After a traumatizing charter school experience in a 6th grade classroom in her first year of teaching and subsequent health issues, she Homeschooled her children for 3 years, then short and long-term substitute taught in the Moriarty Edgewood School District for nearly 2 years. She then entered the teaching profession again, experiencing another challenging teaching year in a 5th grade English Language Arts (ELA)/Social Studies (SS) class in another charter school. She then taught in a private school in 1st grade for almost 3 years while continuing to regain her health with limited professional development and much lower demands on her time and energy. After nearly missing the opportunity to renew her licensure and move to Level II, she became hungry to keep learning about how people grow and develop and how to be a better teacher. She was ready to continue developing professionally, so she taught at a State charter school while pursuing another license in Special Education through an alternative licensure program and a second endorsement, this time in Gifted. She taught 1st grade for one year, as the Writing Specialist for 60 students, then became the Reading Specialist. The next year, she was the Art/Social and Emotional Learning/Project-Based Learning/Reading Interventions/Special Education Teacher for 1/2 of the year and then K-3 Elementary Reading Interventions/K-12 Special Education Teacher and Case Manager/K-3 WIDA ACCESS, Istation, iRead, Read 180, System 44 and Diagnostic Placement Test Administrator for the last 1 1/2 years. She began an MA for Educational Leadership at UNM (for administrative licensure) and began carefully studying the laws and policies pertaining to student behavior, discipline, student needs, parental engagement and retention. There were so many issues with how teachers were being asked to conduct their teaching and behavior management that conflicted with these laws and policies that when she began to speak out, she was summarily ignored and shunned. When the opportunity to move into a founding leadership and administrative position as the Student Supports Coordinator for a brand new charter school presented itself, she took it, believing that things were going to be different. Within 3 months, she recognized that they weren't and resigned to start her own business and advocate for the changes that are so desperately needed in New Mexico's education system. Bonnie Murphy presents on where the gaps are and the differences between high quality early childhood or preschool education and elementary or secondary education and what we need to do about it. Research demonstrates the need to go back to the basics with Social and Emotional Learning and Lev Vygotskian project-based learning approaches, smaller class sizes, parents, families and community education and involvement, and to demand transparency and accountability for the way our state's children are being developed and educated, so they will have the best opportunities that our money, resources, time and energies will afford them and so that our state's teachers will be able to love teaching once again. Shorter/More Professional Version: Bonnie Murphy not only survived, but thrived, reversing her predicted outcomes, according to the statistics, after the highly traumatic first 25 years of her life. She has taught preschool, elementary, middle and high school students in general and special education. She has been a gifted, Art, Social and Emotional Learning, Reading Interventions, Math, Social Studies, Science, Writing, Reading, and Interventions teacher. She has taught in traditional public school districts, charter schools, private school, preschool, been a substitute and even homeschooled her children for a few years. Bonnie has earned her G.E.D., an AA in Early Childhood Multicultural Education, a BA in Elementary Education, licensure in K-8 Elementary Education and PreK-12 Special Education, and endorsements in both Psychology and Gifted Education. She was a Student Supports Coordinator for Special Education and handled Student Recruitment in a founding leadership team for a brand new charter school. Now, she is currently in an MA program at UNM for Educational Leadership, pursuing her administrative licensure. Until recently, she previously trained in the NMPED's Teacher Leader Network through the School Liaison and State Ambassador programs and is a member of the NMPED's Family Cabinet, through the School Family Partnership Academy (SFPA) and is also a member of the NMPED's Civic Council. Bonnie is a member of the Teach Plus Policy Network, the Early Childhood Accountability Partnership (EPAC), NAEYC and the Council on Exceptional Children (CEC). Bonnie trains and consults with schools on Social & Emotional Learning and other areas of education, such as the Istation test, and Reading Interventions. Bonnie has testified at the legislature in 2017, presented for the Hope Pregnancy Center in Los Alamos and to numerous small groups, at UNM's Shared Knowledge Conference, and for the NMPED's Public Schools Leadership Conference both in 2017 and 2018. Bonnie is an Ambassador for the Choose Love Enrichment Program, a FREE PreK-12th grade Social & Emotional Learning program, downloadable online, with many extension resources and support from a national and international community of teachers using the program. She currently has her own business, Educating New Mexico, where she conducts interviews with parents, educators and members of the community and writes articles and blogs to educate and empower our residents to add their voices to the masses of parents, families, educators and community members who want their thoughts and views to be heard and represented by our state's leaders. Bonnie is an advocate for the necessary changes in education in New Mexico for our children to be fully equipped for equitable opportunities now and in their futures, through an equitable educational experience. One of those gaps is that our parents, families and community members don't know how public education or our government really works. They need to know, so they can advocate for their children and the teachers, get engaged and hold those receiving the money and authority accountable for following the laws and policies in place to help their children, which too many aren't. Another gap is that we have little to no Social & Emotional Learning taking place in elementary through high school after many having received this education in their preschool experiences and many in critical need of that continuity in their lives and education. Bonnie is becoming involved with legislation and is writing a book and producing a guide for parents and families to help them navigate these difficult NM terrains in the future. Bonnie presents on all of these issues and gives her audiences ideas for actions steps to participate in the needed change.
 
Kathy Namba [More Info]
Early Childhood Consultant
Kathy Namba has worked in the field of Early Care and Education for over 25 years. She has provided direct service and leadership in Early Invention, Home Visiting, and Early Head Start. She currently works as a Consultant in the field, providing training and technical assistance to a variety of organizations dedicated to the education and well-being of young children and their families. Kathy holds a Master's degree in Education, is a certified PITC Trainer (Program for Infant and Toddler Care), a certified Infant Massage Therapist, and is a certified CLASS Observer and Trainer for Infant, Toddler and PreK CLASS Assessments. Her passion for the care and education of young children drives her current work in providing support and adult education to teachers, directors, and leaders in the field. She shares her time between New Orleans, LA and Taos, NM.
 
Felicia Nevarez [More Info]
Sr. Program Therapist
Felicia Nevarez, M.Ed is a Senior Program Therapist with the Autism programs at the Center for Development and Disability at the University of New Mexico. She earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Spectrum Disorders from Arizona State University in 2001. Felicia taught for Gadsden Independent School District for seven years where she taught children with Autism and other communication delays. Felicia enjoys volunteering her time as a coach for Special Olympics in southern New Mexico.
 
Ellen Pope [More Info]
Dr.
 
Michelle Pruitt [More Info]
Director
 
Kate Puckett [More Info]
Doctoral Student
 
Baji Rankin [More Info]
 
Heidi Roibal [More Info]
Regional Coordinator, Family Infant Toddler Program, Dept. of Health
 
Amanda Rottman [More Info]
Educational Coach
UNM Center for Development and Disability, NMPED PreK
 
MANDISA routheni [More Info]
 
Tamieka Ruiz [More Info]
Founder, Teacher
Tamieka R. Ruiz is a teacher and mom in a bilingual, bicultural home. A Masters of Education was earned while working as a bilingual public PreK teacher and homeschooling bilingually. She has over 15 years of teaching experience through public, private, tutoring, and homeschool education. She now teaches Spanish classes online to children and families through her company, Adelante! Spanish for All. Adelante also shares articles to help encourage families to continue promoting their home language or language studies, whichever language it may be.
 
Karla Sanchez [More Info]
Early Developmental Specialist
New Mexico School for the Deaf, Early Intervention and Involvement Department: Regional Supervisor.
 
Dr. Christine Simms [More Info]
 
Christian Soto [More Info]
Training and Development Consultant
University of New Mexico- Family Development Program
Christian is a statewide, bi-lingual Training and Development Consultant. He will work with families and early childhood providers to support high quality early education. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Arizona, and lived in Northern Arizona before moving to Albuquerque, NM. Christian has a background in community health and has facilitated many health and chronic disease workshops for individuals and families throughout New Mexico. Before coming to the Family Development Program, he was part of a pediatric trauma-informed care initiative for families with babies and young children led by physicians at UNMH. Christian enjoys the health and life coaching approach, understanding that everyone is competent, capable, and whole. He has a deep desire to help every child in New Mexico obtain the best education. He is an activator, advocate, listener, and doer.
 
Erica Stubbs [More Info]
Director of Children's Services
I have worked in the field of Early Childhood for over 20 years. I have a strong desire to support other educators to meet their full potential in the field.
 
Crystal Tapia [More Info]
Executive Director
Executive Director and Owner of Noah's ark Children's Center Board Member of New Mexico Child Care & Education Association Council Member & Member at Large for The Governor's Early Learning Advisory Council for NM Board Member for Western Heights Learning Center
 
Terri Tapia [More Info]
Education and Outreach Manager
 
Tara Terry Voit [More Info]
PhD Candidate-Early Childhood Education
If you are a humanitarian and child advocate, you may want to learn a bit more about Tara Voit. Tara was awarded, a Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Fellowship, for East Tennessee State University in the Department of Early Childhood Education. In her spare time, Tara served as the Chair, of the Early Childhood Education & Family Development committee for the State of Tennessee PTA. She attended a workshop in Mercatello sul Metauro, Italy, which became the impetus for her professional work presenting on the topic: Teaching Children Social Justice and Leadership. Tara holds a Montessori Certification from Los Alamos, New Mexico, and a Director II Certification from Boston, Massachusetts. She has experience as an executive/director in public and private preschool programs. Tara is a former employee of both, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Currently, Tara is an adjunct teacher at Santa Fe Community College, and also an education specialist at Presbyterian Medical Services.
 
Nancy Thomas [More Info]
Accreditation Facilitation Project Consultant
Retired center director, now serving the NMAEYC Accreditation Committee as Accreditation Facilitation Project Consultant. Serving NMAEYC in various capacities since 1980.
 
Rachael Torres [More Info]
Teacher
 
Haley Tucker [More Info]
Teacher
 
Marcia Lee Unnever [More Info]
Owner, Kids Focus
NAEYC, NMAEYC, ISEPP, NMIRA, NM Kids Trainer Registry
Kids Focus, Educational Trainer, ADD/ADHD Consultant, Reading Specialist
 
Gigi Yu [More Info]
Pedagogical Director