December 21, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Jennifer Chavez
Public Information Officer
(505) 476-0393
jchavez@ped.state.nm.us

Clayton Teacher Earns Level Three Teaching Licensure

(Santa Fe, NM)--On December 15th, 2004, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) notified Barbara Lee Blair, a technology teacher at Clayton High School that the Professional Development Dossier that she submitted for licensure advancement was determined to meet the standards of a level three teacher. She is the first New Mexico teacher to advance in the new three-tiered teacher licensure system by way of dossier submission. She moved from level two to level three.

Secretary Garcia remarked, “I am proud of Ms. Blair’s accomplishments. She has blazed a new trail as we implement this new system of accreditation. I look forward to other teachers joining Ms. Blair in this highest tier of licensure. Every time a teacher successfully moves from one level of licensure to another they have demonstrated a mastery of classroom skills that I believe are vitally important in our efforts to reform New Mexico’s educational system.”

Assistant Secretary for Educator Quality Division, Jim Ball, noted, “The reviewers of her dossier were very pleased with her work, especially since she did not have all of the materials and criteria for success that have since been developed by the PED. Ms. Blair submitted her dossier in the October/November submission window, which was the first opportunity for level two teachers to move to level three.”

Barbara Lee Blair has worked in the Clayton Schools for twenty-six years. For more information about the three-tier licensure system and alternative routes to licensure visit www.teachnm.org.