Therese McDonald is the owner of Beyond Reading. She has worked relentlessly to make these research-based programs available to students in Albuquerque. As a public school teacher, her students from all socio-economic backgrounds consistently achieved at grade-level proficiency. She also worked beyond the classroom as a mentor to teachers overseeing reading programs for twenty-five different middle schools and high schools. Beyond her career, she has served many years as a literacy volunteer in the Albuquerque community, helping students in both the public and private sector. She specializes in reading intervention, and she serves the special needs of all students. Mrs. McDonald holds a bachelors degree and a masters degree from the University of New Mexico. She is passionate about helping children flourish in their academic skills.
Mrs. Adela Candelaria is one of the few New Mexico teachers who holds a Lifetime Professional Teaching Certificate. She has taught in various elementary, middle, and high schools in New Mexico, Texas, and Pennsylvania. She holds a BS from NMSU in Secondary Education with majors in English and Spanish, and an MA from UNM with a major in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in English and Spanish. Beyond her Masters, she has over 45 college credits in English, Spanish, and "Teaching in the Elementary Classroom." She also holds Administration Certification. Mrs. Candelaria has received many accolades and awards including "Teacher of the Year," Golden Apple Finalist, and NEA Fellow at Auburn University (Published "Literary Criticism: Teaching Ethan Frome). She has attended Literary Criticism Seminars at Harvard and the University of Arizona. She was also accepted into the NEA Programs at Carnegie Mellon and BYU. She has had English AP Training at Rice University and UTEP. Ms. Candelaria considers close reading strategies, critical analysis, and writing to be among her strengths in teaching.
Mr. Arturo Candelaria has been an educator most of his adult life. As a teacher, he continues to teach General Math, Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus to middle school and high school students. He has held administrative positions as Assistant Principal, Director of Instruction, Director of Special Education, Director of Federal Programs, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources, and Acting Superintendent. His experience in the business sector has helped him create curricula and enhance students' knowledge of the practical dimensions of math, particularly in such classes as Financial Literacy. Mr. Candelaria holds a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from NMSU, a Masters Degree in Mathematics from Penn State, and an Education Specialist in Administration from UNM.
Sharon Danneels, a Presidential Scholar, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education and worked for Sandia National Laboratories for many years. During this time she was a resource for PC Support (hardware and software), a Systems Manager and Octel Programmer/Trainer. Along with her colleagues, at Sandia Labs she conducted alpha and beta testing for the Octel Voicemail System. Committed to teaching, she volunteered as a teacher/tutor for disadvantaged and troubled students as well as other APS and college students. She taught Science with the School Partnership Program with Sandia Labs during her years of employment. She also continued to attend Octel training and teaching seminars to improve her skills while employed in this technological field. She has a special interest in multi - sensory teaching and enjoys applying different strategies with students with learning challenges. Mrs. Danneels strives to teach her students to make the most of the opportunities that they are given.
May Kassicieh received her Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from The University of New Mexico. She began her career in education in 1987 as a first grade teacher. Beyond the classroom, she has served as a Title I teacher, a facilitator for reading programs, and as an instructional coach for both the public and private schools. May is a strong advocate of hands-on, inquiry-based learning, and Marzano’s effective instructional strategies. Her professional interests focus on cooperative learning, communicative approaches to language teaching, and thematic planning.
Juan-Diego Garcia received his Bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico in 2005. Since then, he has taught extensively throughout Asia for various English language schools and disadvantaged areas. Besides having experience with the montessori format, he has coordinated and produced English learning materials for international organizations such as the YMCA.
Wenxi Garcia holds a dual Master's degree from universities in Australia in Interpretation and cross-cultural education. A trilingual educator, with Chinese being her mother tongue, Wenxi has taught children K-8 in a multicultural setting. Currently, Wenxi works as an educational consultant, connecting aspiring international students to universities in the United States.