Meet F. Isabel Campoy
Isabel is the author of numerous children’s books in the areas of poetry, theater, stories, biographies, art, and folklore. A defender of bilingual education and a fighter for social justice and equity, she is a scholar devoted to Transformative Education. Among other accolades she is the recipient of the Ramón Santiago Award from NABE and the Tomás Rivera Award for her book “Quizás algo hermoso/Maybe Something Beautiful” In 2014 she was inducted to the North American Academy of the Spanish Language.
Meet Drs. Virginia Collier & Wayne Thomas
Professors Virginia Collier and Wayne Thomas are internationally known for their research on long-term school effectiveness for linguistically and culturally diverse students. Dr. Thomas is a professor emeritus of evaluation and research methodology and Dr. Collier is a professor emerita of bilingual/multicultural/ESL education, both at George Mason University.
Meet Dr. Cornel Pewewardy
Professor of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University. His research explores Native American mascots in schools and media, recruiting/retention of Native students in higher education, Indigenous teaching praxis, Indigenous urban and reservation-based teacher education, tribal colleges/universities, transformational Indigenous schools, Indigenous identity (de)construction, Indigenous community-based participatory research methods, and ethnomusicology (digitizing tribal music).
Meet Dr. José Medina
Experienced Director Of Education with a demonstrated history of serving and creating access for language learners, their families, and the communities they live in. Former Director of Dual Language and Bilingual Education at the Center for Applied Linguistics. Skilled in K-12 Education, Literacy, Classroom Management, Lesson Planning, and Educational Technology. Strong education professional with a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) focused on Educational Leadership and Administration.
Meet 123 Andrés
Andrés and Christina, better known as 123 Andrés, are the new face of Latinx music for families in the US and Latin America. They are known for bringing joyful sounds, passion for bilingualism and a high-energy love of music that gets kids singing and dancing in Spanish and English.Their most recent album is La luna, a collection of lullabies in Spanish. Before that, their dual-language album Arriba Abajo won the Latin Grammy for Best Children’s Album in 2016 as well as the Parent’s Choice Gold Award.
Meet Trisha Moquino
Trisha did her schooling in her villages’ local public schools, earned her bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Stanford University, her Master’s degree in Bilingual Education from the University of New Mexico, and completed her Montessori certification at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. She is the Education Director/PrimaryGuide-Elementary Guide and Co-Founder of Keres Children's Learning Center (KCLC).
Meet Dr. John Hilliard
John is the President & Co-founder of Paridad Education Consulting and Education Specialist at The Illinois Resource Center. John has devoted his professional career to bringing parity to the field of education. His 25 years in education have spanned a range of roles from an award-winning bilingual teacher, to a university instructor providing teachers with strong research-based foundations in the field of language minority education, to his current position as a national professional developer recognized for his innovative approaches.
Meet Danielle Martínez
Danielle is the Assistant Principal of Cultural Integration and Community Engagement, is from Santa Clara Pueblo. She enjoys spending time with her son, Nathan. Danielle taught kindergarten at the Santa Clara Day School from 2010-2016. She completed her Bachelor's degree in elementary education at Northern New Mexico College. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Adams State University. She is looking forward to a productive and positive school year!
Meet Dr. Manuel Escamilla
Manuel was the director of the BUENO Equity Assistance Center for Region VII at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Kansas and has been a professor of Bilingual Education in California and Arizona, he served as the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Arizona and at Metropolitan State College of Denver. He has also directed Head Start programs in Denver, Conejos-Costilla County and HuŽrfano-Las Animas Counties in Colorado.
Meet Amanda Aragon
NM born and raised, Amanda attended the University of Tulsa where she graduated with a degree in International Business and Spanish. After college she began working for ConocoPhillips and after six successful years in the energy sector, Amanda pursued public service as the director of strategic outreach at the New Mexico Public Education Department. Her experience with affirmed her passion for education and motivated her to engage more stakeholders in working to improve NM’s education system, leading to the development and creation of NewMexicoKidsCAN.
Meet Dr. Vincent Werito
Vincent is Associate Professor in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Socio-cultural Studies (LLSS) at UNM. He is from Na’neelzhiin (Torreon, New Mexico), a Diné community in northwestern New Mexico. He is Ta’neeszahnii (Badland Formations Clan), born for Naakai Dine’é (Travelers Band clan).His concentration areas are in American Indian (Indigenous) Education and Bilingual Education. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in bilingual education, Indigenous education, and educational theory.
Meet Edward Tabet-Cubero
From programming to policy, for over 20 years Edward has supported bilingual and dual language education initiatives. He has served as a bilingual teacher, award winning administrator, teacher trainer, university instructor, nonprofit executive and is currently the Executive Director for Learning Alliance of New Mexico.