The New Mexico Teacher Leader Network (NMTLN) is a group of teacher leaders who are alumni and current members of the teacher leadership programs for the New Mexico Public Education Department. The leadership programs include the Secretary’s Teacher Advisory, the Teacher Ambassadors program, Teacher of the Year, and the School Liaisons program.
The purpose of the NMTLN is to develop a set of teacher leaders who:
- Gain knowledge about NMPED areas of focus to support student outcomes
- Serve as their school’s liaison when other teachers have questions about NMPED areas of focus
- Provide feedback about NMPED areas of focus
- Develop skills to support colleagues’ growth and development
- Gain access to NMPED resources and tools
- Uplift and celebrate the profession
Secretary’s Teacher Advisory
Teachers who participate in the Secretary’s Teacher Advisory demonstrate a commitment to engaging with our communities and those most directly impacted by the work of the PED. It is an avenue for teachers to provide advise the Secretary of Public Education on matters impacting students and families furthest from opportunity in New Mexico. Click here for information and to apply.
The Teacher Ambassadors are a cohort of experienced Level II or III classroom teachers representing all grade levels, subject areas, and linguistic backgrounds. Participants are solutions-oriented teachers who want to further the progress of the profession by learning about state policy, advocating for teacher growth opportunities and supporting the teacher pipeline of highly-qualified professionals. Click here for information and to apply.
School Liaisons are a network of teachers – one representative from each of our 859 schools across the state – who come together to develop teacher leadership skills, learn about areas of focus for the NMPED, and serve as a liaison for their colleagues and communities. Click here for information and to apply.
New Mexico Teacher of the Year
The New Mexico Teacher of the Year (NMTOY) Program works in partnership with the National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) Program managed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). It is the most prestigious teacher recognition program in the country and includes a new cohort each year.
The NMTOY is chosen from one of the state’s school districts and charter schools, which are all eligible to submit a teacher candidate for this honor. The NMTOY promotes excellence in teaching, is a source of inspiration to other teachers to strive for improving the quality of classroom education, therein providing tools necessary for students to succeed.
The NMPED in partnership with the NMOGA recently announced the call for 2024 Teacher of The Year nominations. The application period has closed. The NMPED received several highly competitive applications from exceptional educators ranging from early childhood to high school teachers from throughout the state. The next Teacher of the Year will be announced soon.