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October 2, 2002

SDE Names New Assistant Director of Indian Education

(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) announced today the appointment of Jesús Reveles of Santa Fe as assistant director for Indian Education, effective September 30, 2002.

Reveles will assist the Indian Education director in promoting quality education for Indian students in New Mexico and in planning, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating appropriate curricula for schools. He will also assist with the dissemination of information on current legislation, theory, methodology and practices in Indian Education and sessions, including government-to-government meetings, with tribal entities, parents and community members.

"Mr. Reveles will be especially critical in our continuing work to define and set public policy with our Indian partners that makes sense and will achieve results," said Roselyn Carroll, director of Indian Education.

The SDE's Indian Education staff serves as liaisons between the SDE, local education agencies and the state's 22 Indian tribes and is part of the SDE's Learning Services and Indian Education Division.

Reveles served as college coordinator at the California Mini-Corps Program in Monterey, California, from 1996-2002, recruiting university students from migrant backgrounds who were interested in becoming bilingual teachers to work as classroom assistants in grades K-12. He is also worked in Salinas, California, supporting classroom instructional aides who were interested in becoming future teachers and as a bilingual classroom teacher in grades 4-6.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from San Jose State University in San Jose, California, and in May will be awarded a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne in La Verne, California. Reveles is recipient of the 1990 Future Teacher of the Year Award from Sacramento State University, where he received a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential.