NM Senate Education Committee
Bill earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary in Education and Psychology) from New Mexico State University. His professional experience includes working as an elementary and middle school principal for Las Cruces Public Schools, as an Academic Advisor, as a professor at New Mexico State University, and as Assistant Provost of Student Services at New Mexico State University-Carlsbad. He also taught math and AP statistics as a high school teacher. Bill served on the Las Cruces Public School Board and as President of the New Mexico School Board Association. He is currently serving in the New Mexico State Senate and is Vice-chairman of the Senate Education Committee.
Glen is a graduate of Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo. He also has a Master’s from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He accepted the position of Executive Director of University Broadcasting at New Mexico State University in 2006. He is responsible for the operation of KRWG TV (PBS), KRWG FM (NPR) and the Special Production Unit. In addition to over forty years in broadcasting he currently serves as Secretary of the National Education Telecommunications Association (NETA) Executive Board of Directors. In collaboration with the other two PBS stations in New Mexico, he is working to coordinate the educational television program assets to ensure that every household is taking full advantage of these opportunities. He and his wife, Susan, are originally from Wisconsin. They have four grown boys and just welcomed their first granddaughter.
Jane Asche holds an Ed.D. degree in Adult and Continuing Education (specialization in the management of nonprofits and voluntary action) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University, and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics from Ball State University. Jane has been a national trainer, author, and curriculum designer for community- and business-education partnerships. She has taught at the elementary and secondary level in public schools in the United States. Jane served as a faculty member and community development specialist in the College of Education and the Extension Division at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. During the final years of her career, she served as the Director of Development and Vice President for Field Services of the National Association of PARTNERS IN EDUCATION.
Laura Gutiérrez Spencer:
Laura Gutiérrez Spencer was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but grew up in Silver City. In college, she studied Spanish and Anthropology in Georgia and Colorado. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Spanish at New Mexico State University, then completed her Ph.D. at U.N.M. Laura served as an Assistant and then Associate Professor at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas where she founded their Spanish for Heritage Speakers program. She also taught courses in Latin American Literature, Chicano Literature and Women’s Studies. Laura then returned home to Las Cruces to take the position of Director of Chicano Programs at NMSU. She works on issues of educational access to minority, low income and first generation students. Spencer founded the Immigrant Student Issues committee at NMSU. She has partnered with schools, community organizations and churches in Southern New Mexico to provide educational outreach to our community.
Dr. Michael Morehead:
Dr. Morehead is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He has a Bachelor’s in Education, a Master’s in Educational Administration and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia. Prior to joining the NMSU College of Education in 1992, he worked in administrative roles at Northern Arizona University and Emporia State University. He has been an educator since 1971, including teaching at the middle- and high-school level and serving as an administrator in secondary schools. Dr. Michael Morehead is the Dean for the College of Education at New Mexico State University. He has served in the dean’s office in the college since 1992. During his tenure at NMSU, Morehead served as interim dean on two occasions, first in 1999 and then in 2008 till April 2010 when he was appointed Dean of Education. Dr. Morehead’s primary research involves teacher education, program quality, student internships and accreditation. In the last several years, Morehead has been instrumental in establishing the Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning – a collaborative among New Mexico State University, K-12 education and other agencies that support teaching and learning in New Mexico.
Maria was born and raised In Los Angeles, Ca, and was a 2nd language learner. She attended 12 years of Catholic school. She went to Whittier College for her undergrad and Michigan State University for her MA. Maria and her husband have lived in Las Cruces for almost 27 years, and raised a family of 3. She is a certified Bilingual Elementary Level III Teacher in California and New Mexico. She has taught for 17 years, and has been on the Board of Education for 6 years with Las Cruces Public Schools. Maria has also been a part of the Children’s Reading Foundation of Doña Ana, as founding Board member, President for 3 years. CRF is a nonprofit that supports families and community in Early Childhood Literacy for children in our county.
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