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Fall/Winter 2015-16

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52 I lascrucesmagazine.com david Morales Years teaching: 10 school: Mayfield high school subject: social studies You were recently named lcps 2016 teacher of the Year in part because of your work with the enlace program. What is enlace and why are you so passionate about it? ENgaging LAtino Communities for Education (ENLACE) is a statewide collaborative focused on student access and success, family and community engagement, leadership and professional development, and policy development. At the moment all 11 seniors in our program have been admitted to a university and one has com- pleted her enlistment in the military. I am passionate about ENLACE because it services students like me when I was in high school. It helps those kids who want to go to college or "make something of themselves" but don't have any idea where to begin. These kids are usually the first to graduate from high school in their family or first generation college goers. They face any number of challenges and sometimes it takes a while to get through to them. Still, we have experienced many suc- cesses. This program gives students a place to call home at the school. They fit in and are also pushed to achieve more. how long have you been playing soccer and how did you get involved in coaching? I've played the beautiful game of soccer for 37 years. I started coaching a youth team at the age of 16, which translates into 26 years of coaching experience. I've coached at all youth levels and was head varsity coach for Mayfield Lady Trojan soccer from 2008-2012, earning the title of district champions in 2010 and 2012. I will be returning to the team this fall as the assistant varsity coach. I also serve on the advisory coaches board for Cruces Futból Club. given the current advances in technology, what advice would you give young people preparing for the future? We are preparing students for jobs that don't even exist yet. If they do not take their high school experiences seriously, then what are they preparing themselves for? They are the future and it can be as bright as they want it to be. Technology is not a substitute for work ethic, intelligence, or empathy. What is the biggest misconception about teachers? Often, when someone thinks of a teacher, they think of someone teaching a subject—math teacher or science teacher. Yet, the majority of my colleagues care about the kids much more than the content. They're there early and stay late. They answer "life" questions more often than content questions. I can go down the hall at 5 pm on any given weekday and find many rooms open with students and teachers still working. We teach empathy, humility, and are constantly working against all the images that our kids are inundated with from the media. We don't just teach a subject, we teach students— living, breathing, loud, quiet, happy, hormonal, sometimes heartbroken, students. —Tiffany Etterling anne p. hubbell, ph .d. Years teaching: 19 school: new Mexico state university subject: communication, with emphasis on organizational and health communication; interim associate dean for the nMsu college of arts and sciences What do you do as a professor to impact the community? Most of my work is with Casa de Peregri- nos, an area food pantry for the homeless or near homeless. I volunteer there, and through service learning programs in my classes, I get students involved. I am also an advocate for the NMSU Therapeutic Riding Program and my students work with them through service learning projects, including the major fundraiser they have each fall and spring. Other projects in- clude assisting in the gathering of books for the Jardin de los Ninos Jackson Whelpley Memorial Library, and I volunteer at Sonoma Elementary in my children's classrooms. What motivates you as a professor? Students don't realize how much they teach me—every semester. I love putting ideas out there and talking about research conducted on class concepts, and then seeing how students conceptualize the material and what they come up with. Students constantly surprise me with their ability to take class concepts and apply them in new ways. I also enjoy teaching because students are so funny! What a gift it is to be able to laugh with these incredible people! Who inspires you? My father was my greatest supporter. He believed in me even when I was fired from my first two jobs at fast food restaurants. I wasn't good at those jobs. Even when I quit my job as a pharmaceutical sales rep, where I was success- ful and made a great salary, he was worried, but supported me. I quit so I could attend school for my Ph.D. and live on student loans and a small stipend. I had to sell my home and everything, but he was there through it all. My other inspira- tions are my children and my husband, Max. They make me laugh on the hardest day! What is your family life like? Most of my family is in Michigan, Ohio, and in Chicago. I have three brothers, one sister, two sister-in-laws, my step- mother (both parents have passed away), and lots of nieces and nephews. My direct family is my husband, Max, and our children Jojo (Jonathan), 10, and Maddy, eight. My daughter has profound hearing loss and wears hearing aids, but we are all learning sign language to better communicate with her. What do you do on weekends? Boating on the Butte or Caballo or just hanging out with friends. —Charlotte Tallman Donicio Madrid

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