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Roswell teacher named to state education group


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Tennise Lucas, a fourth-grade teacher with Valley View Elementary School, part of the Roswell Independent School District, has been selected as one of the teachers to serve on the 2017-18 Secretary’s Teacher Advisory Committee for the New Mexico Public Education Department.

A rigorous selection process involved choosing 26 teachers from among 242 applicants, the news release from the state education department stated. Those teachers represent 23 school districts and one state authorized charter school.
Teacher Advisory members will meet with Acting Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski at in-person quarterly meetings and monthly conference calls to provide insight into education issues across the state and receive updated information. The first meeting was Aug. 12.

“Under the leadership of Gov. Susana Martinez, our department is always looking for new ways to equip, empower and champion teachers and school leaders across the state,” said Ruszkowski. “Our educators have had and will continue to have a voice in the decision-making process that ultimately determines what goes on in their classrooms. I look forward to working with the advisory committee and listening to their ideas to improve education.”
The first cohort of the advisory group established the annual New Mexico Teacher Summit, helped launch the New Mexico Teacher Leader Network, co-hosted community Every Student Succeeds Act meetings during the New Mexico Rising Tour and created new resources for New Mexico’s teachers.