New Mexico - Public Education Department

Task Force Members
Anya Dozier Enos holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis on Sociocultural Perspectives, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the Curriculum/ Professional Development Director at Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS), which is Bureau of Indian Education funded and tribally controlled. She participates with other SFIS administrators and Native language teachers in the development of a unique tribal language curriculum framework with the goal of moving SFIS students toward proficiency in their Native languages. Dr. Dozier Enos is an enrolled member of Santa Clara Pueblo, where she lives with her husband in close proximity to immediate and extended family.
Photo credit: C. Chosa 2014
Belinda Tsabetsaye is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Zuni. She is employed with the Zuni Public School District as a Coordinator for the Zuni Language/Bilingual and Title III Programs. She received her B.A. and M.D. from the University of New Mexico and eventually earned her spot in the Zuni Public Schools Bilingual Program. She has been working in this capacity for 6 years. She has been in education for 35 years as an Educational Assistant, GRADS Instructor, Even Start Program Coordinator, Pre-K Program Coordinator and Bilingual/Title III Program Coordinator for Zuni Public School District.

Being a member of the New Mexico State Seal Bilingualism and Biliteracy Task Force is an opportunity to create a pathway for our students to get the recognition for their perseverance by maintaining the use of their ancestral languages. I feel strongly that our students that earn the New Mexico State Bilingualism/Biliteracy Seal deserve the honor and should be celebrated.
Carlotta Penny Bird, Ed.D., has over forty years of experience in public education that began as a teaching assistant in undergraduate sociology courses. She has taught at the elementary, high school and post-secondary levels; and has been an administrator for tribal education organizations, non-profit organizations, public school districts and the Public Education Department in New Mexico. This experience included BIA, public schools and institutions of higher education. Currently, she works with the American Indian Language Policy Research and Teacher Training Center at UNM. Throughout these years she has advocated for Native American (NA) student achievement through service on statewide and national committees and teams. Her work has emphasized the perspective of the many tribes that continue to have great concern for the education of their children as well as the survival of their communities. With the contention that these are not conflicting paradigms, the work on the taskforce will assist in her advocacy for the study and provision of academically rich programs that develop the resiliency and talents of NA students, which includes their native languages and culture.
My name is Carmelita Lee. Honaghanii nishli, T'aa Naakai bashishchiin, Tachinii dashicheii doo T'aa Naakai dashinali. I work as a Native American Facilitator at the Language & Culture Office for the Farmington School District. I've been an educator for 17 years with the Farmington School District and an Adjunct Professor with San Juan College and New Mexico Highlands University. I also work with the Navajo Language Renaissance and have developed workbooks for the newly launched Rosetta Stone Navajo software. I'm a Registrar for the Navajo Nation Voter Administration and I represent the language experts and educators of the New Mexico Bilingualism-Biliteracy State Seal taskforce. I have received my Master's of Education through Grand Canyon University, my Bachelor's of Arts through Ft. Lewis College, my Associates of Arts through Dine College. Currently, I will complete my Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an Emphasis in Organizational Leadership through Grand Canyon University.

I love to travel, scrapbook, walk, work out, read, write, sing, and enjoy the beauty of life. I enjoy working in the educational field because it's never too late to learn something new every day from my students and my colleagues.

My motto for Navajo Language Learners: "Our Navajo language is beautiful and should not be forgotten. Learn to speak, read and write the language, live the culture and learn our Navajo traditions".
Casey Benavidez, Bilingual Director at Tierra Encantada Charter School.
Eva Rodríguez González is a native of Galicia, Spain. She has been raised bilingually between Galician and Spanish both in the community and the schooling system from Elementary to High School. She has been teaching Spanish language and Linguistics for 15 years at the College level. She has earned her Doctorate degree from the University of Kansas. She is currently an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Spanish Second Language Program at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of New Mexico. Her main areas of research are 1) classroom-based language learning and 2) cognitive approaches to language acquisition. She teaches courses in Language Teaching Methodology, Second Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics. Her teaching and service with Hispanic children have been recognized in multiple awards. She currently serves on the Fulbright U.S. English Language Teaching Assistantship Committee. Eva is a strong advocate for quality of bilingual and biliteracy programs. She has recently moved to New Mexico with her husband (native of Juarez, Mexico) and two children to immerse their children into their own Hispanic heritage and language so that they can grow in a natural, comfortable and diverse environment where being multilingual is the norm (rather than the exception).
Hector S. Girón, Principal at Gadsden High School.
Kenneth Bewley-Cadena, Bilingual and ESL Program Director at Roswell Independent Schools.
Lisa Harmon-Martinez is a native New Mexican. She earned her BA in English and American studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel, Hill before returning to New Mexico to teach and complete her MA from the University of New Mexico in Secondary Education. Lisa currently teaches AP English Literature and 9th grade AVID at Albuquerque High School in Albuquerque, NM. She also chairs the Language Arts Department and co-coordinates the Bilingual Department. In addition to teaching, Lisa's primary focus is to close the achievement gap for English Language learners at AHS by supporting students' English Language development and aligning the English and Spanish Language Arts curriculum across grade levels, within the Dual Language program.
Margaret R. Garcia is the Language and Culture Program Manager with the Pueblo of Santa Ana, Department of Education. Margaret coordinates with various institutions to plan, organize and implement Keres language training for language teachers and members of the community. She supports activities and curriculum in language and cultural instruction for middle and high school Pueblo of Santa Ana students in the Bernalillo Public Schools.

Throughout her career, Margaret has held positions in administration and management in the areas of social services, senior programs, and behavioral health. She has served in national, state and local boards and committees while employed within several Tribal organizations. She served on the Native American Indian Education Committee as a representative for the Pueblo of Santa Ana for a period of 10 years. Serving on this committee gave her insight to what Bilingualism was all about within the Bernalillo Public School systems.

Margaret is proud to represent Santa Ana and other Pueblo communities, in collaboration with other taskforce committee members, Tribal Stakeholders, parents and respective Tribal Leadership in gaining their support and input on how the Bilingual-Biliteracy Seal will best support Tribal students now and into the future.
Mari Rincon, Dual Language Enrichment Department Coordinator at Las Cruces Public Schools.
Maria Escareno
I have been teaching mathematics for 8 years. I currently hold a Level 3 License in the state of NM. I have a B.A. in Computer Information Science and a minor in Spanish from St. Edward's University and a M.A. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Administration from the Western New Mexico University. Furthermore, I hold the following endorsements: Math, Bilingual, TESOL, Gifted, Information Tech Coordinator, and Technology Educator. I am a member of the Deming Intermediate Leadership Team, serve on the DMS CATS goal team, and I am also the Math Department Head. In addition to all the responsibilities I have within my school, I am also the treasurer of the New Mexico Association of Bilingual Educators.
Maricela Duarte-Stern teaches at Centennial High School in the Las Cruces Public Schools and Eastern New Mexico University.
Marina Peters-Newell, Ph.D.
I am originally from Canada. I received my B.A. from the U of Saskatchewan, and my M.A. and Ph.D. from the U of Washington in French Studies. I taught EFL at the U of Nantes (France), ESL at North Texas U, and have been the Coordinator of Lower-division Languages in the Foreign Languages & Literatures Department (FLL) at UNM since 1997 (FLL currently houses ten languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Farsi, Latin, and Ancient Greek). I was also curriculum and assessments coordinator of four intensive Chinese and Arabic STARTALK programs from 2009-2012. I have been active in advocating for languages in New Mexico through the NM Organization of Language Educators (NMOLÉ) of which I was President in 2001-02, as well as through the annual World Language Expo at UNM (ongoing since 2000), attracting over 1000 participants. I have offered a diverse range of language methodology and assessment workshops, and teach the graduate SLA methods seminar in the FLL Dept. I am the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award by NMOLÉ, Student Services Award by UNM, as well as the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT). I continue to enjoy promoting language throughout the state, and what better way than to participate in the bilingualism/biliteracy taskforce, whose job it is to establish guidelines that will enable and motivate every language learner in New Mexico to seek the bilingualism/biliteracy seal. This is a pivotal moment in New Mexico's history in which the tremendous benefits of bilingualism are purposefully highlighted and celebrated, and I am honored to be a part of the committee that will make it happen.
Maritza A. Reyes was born and raised in Cuba. She graduated from the University of Havana with a Bachelor Degree in Education with an emphasis on teaching German language as a second language. She lived and worked five years in Berlin, Germany. After she moved to the United States, she became a bilingual teacher at Central Consolidated Schools District # 22 for 6 years. She also works as an adjunct faculty at San Juan College, Farmington, NM. Since 2013 she has been working as a bilingual teacher, dual credit instructor and AP teacher at Piedra Vista High School. She is now nearing the completion of her Master degree in Secondary Education at UNM. Her goal is to improve graduation rates for the bilingual students and help them to transit to college.
Mishelle Jurado is a Spanish language arts teacher and co-coordinator of the dual language program at Albuquerque High School, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has served as a bilingual high school teacher for 12 years. As part of her ongoing Ph.D. studies, she is investigating topics in standards and curricula that meet the needs of bilingual students and families in secondary school programs. She has 8th and 11th grade Dual Language students.
Nancy Varelas, AP Spanish Literature and Spanish LA Teacher at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School.
Sonia Sánchez Cuesta was born in Alicante, Spain. She has a Master in Translation (English- Spanish)) from the University of Granada. Ms. Sánchez Cuesta has always shared her passion for cultures and languages throughout her career. She has been living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the past 12 years were she has been an educator for the public schools, the Santa Fe Community College and a translator for the Department of Health. Ms. Sánchez Cuesta is a National Board Certified Teacher in World Languages Other than English (Spanish).
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