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Community Spotlight: Ryan Flynn, NMOGA

This community spotlight episode focuses on how our civic leaders can help support education in New Mexico. Ryan Flynn, New Mexico Oil and Gas Association Executive Director, explains how and why his organization has made education a priority when giving back to communities.

N.M. Teacher Leader David Morales

David Morales, the 2016 New Mexico Teacher of the Year, shares his inspiring life story that brought him into a Las Cruces classroom. He talks about the teachers who inspired his journey, as well as shares advice on how to go about creating strong relationships with students, especially during this time of the pandemic and distance learning.

N.M. Teacher Leader Melanie Alfaro

Melanie Alfaro is a Milken Award winner and is a member of the New Mexico State University Basketball Hall of Fame. She is a math specialist in Deming Schools, leading the way to help teachers grow with their math instruction.

N.M. Teacher Leader Kelly Pearce

Lincoln Middle School teacher Kelly Pearce talks about how her time abroad has had an impact on her Rio Rancho classes that include Media Literacy and Pre-Avid. She will tell you how to bring business leaders from around the country into your classroom, as well as gives advice on how to use your teacher voice for change.

N.M. Teacher Leader Greg Butz

In this episode, we talk with Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School's Greg Butz. He shares his "awakening to social-emotional learning" and how he goes about creating strong connections and relationships with his students.

N.M. Teacher Leader Joe Dan Lovato

New Mexico Teacher of the Year Mandi Torrez interviews Albuquerque teacher and professional musician Joe Dan Lovato, a 2018 N.M. Teacher of the Year Finalist and Teach Plus Policy Fellow of the Year. Lovato, a STEAM-H educator at Mark Armijo Academy, talks Paulo Freire, basketball and Ghostbusters. He also shares one of his most popular songs that he wrote and performed himself.

Sponsored by NMOGA and produced in collaboration with the New Mexico Public Education Department