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State Ambassadors 2021-10-06T13:39:06-06:00

Meet the 2021-2022 State Ambassadors

The State Ambassadors are a cohort of 21 experienced Level II or III classroom teachers representing diverse backgrounds. An Ambassador will have demonstrated leadership within their school and/or district and will possess strong communication skills. Participants are solutions-oriented teachers who want to further the progress of the profession.

Adriana Cuen Flavian
ELA Teacher
Santa Teresa High school
Gadsden Independent School District

Allan Didier
Computer Science Teacher
Los Alamos High School
Los Alamos Public Schools

Amanda Wauneka
Kindergarten Teacher
Jefferson Elementary School
Gallup-McKinley County Schools

Amber Valencia
Special Education Teacher
Farmington Preschool Academy
Farmington Municipal Schools

Audrey Colwell
Resource/EL Teacher
Bandelier Elementary School
Albuquerque Public Schools

Catherine Brijalba
ELA Teacher
Houston Middle School
Hobbs Municipal Schools

Christine Otero
First Grade Teacher
Moriarty Elementary School
Moriarty-Edgewood School District

Edward Pena
School Counselor
Cobre High School
Cobre Consolidated Schools

Gregory Brown
P.E. Teacher/Basketball Coach
Albuquerque High School
Albuquerque Public Schools

Jamie Torres
Special Education Teacher
Kearny Elementary School
Santa Fe Public Schools

Janisse Vazquez
Social Studies Teacher
The Ask Academy
State Charter School
Rio Rancho

Joy Andrews Gouripaga
ELA Teacher
Cuba High School
Cuba Independent Schools

Kathryn Mitchell Gonzales
STEM Teacher/Librarian
Alvarado Elementary School
Albuquerque Public Schools

Kimberly Landry
Second Grade Teacher
Sunset Hills Elementary School
Alamogordo Public Schools

Kristin Lewis
First Grade Teacher
Bluffview Elementary School
Farmington Municipal Schools

Mary Bissell
Mathematics Teacher
V. Sue Cleveland High School
Rio Rancho Public Schools

Miskee Blatner
CTE Teacher
El Dorado High School
Albuquerque Public Schools

Monica Garcia-Roach
Lead Special Educator
UNM Mimbres School

Robbi Berry
Fifth Grade Teacher
Monte Vista Elementary
Las Cruces Public Schools

Robin Stevens
ELA Teacher
Highland Middle School
Hobbs Municipal Schools

Silvia Miranda
Reading Specialist
Mesa Elementary & James Bickley Elementary
Clovis Municipal Schools

State Ambassadors are asked to commit to regular monthly meetings, both virtual and in-person, and meetings as needed with PED leadership and staff. The purpose of the convenings is to collaborate with educators across the state, learn about PED areas of focus, build leadership skills through meaningful professional learning opportunities, and develop a community of support.

Teachers selected will act as ambassadors of the profession with the mission of uplifting educators and the work of teaching. Ambassadors will meet a set number of participation action items in order to receive a stipend upon the successful completion of this program. The commitment for an Ambassador is one full academic year.

Program Goals

Emphasize teacher recruitment and retention. Create a culture of collaboration and unity across the state. Build trusted pathways of information. Incorporate diverse educator and community voice. Support and celebrate new and mid-career teachers

How do I apply?

The application for the 2021-2022 school year is closed; the next application period opens in the spring of 2022. Email Teacher Liaison Mandi Torrez for more info or make sure you’re signed up for the Teacher to Teacher newsletter for all New Mexico teachers:

Candidate Competencies

Fosters a positive, collaborative culture among colleagues. Emphasizes a commitment to professional growth. Communicates effectively for maximum impact and influence.

Application Process

Phase 1

  1. Candidates should apply online by 9 p.m. on June 24, 2021.
  2. Candidates must submit a letter of recommendation from a colleague or classroom parent/caregiver that speaks to three competencies: teamwork and collaboration, growth and development, impact and influence.
  3. Candidates will submit a reference statement from their principal or school administrator in support of their availability and capacity to take on the responsibilities of an Ambassador.

Phase 2

  1. Candidates selected to move to Phase 2 will participate in a brief, three-question virtual interview.
Application timeline: April 16 application opens, May 31 Application closes 9 PM, June 28 Phase 2 acceptance, June 29 - July 19 Phase 2 interviews, August Final Decision.
Page last updated October 6, 2021