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Morales, Green named to early education council


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A Roswell Independent School District board member and an administrator have been named to the advisory council of the state’s newest Cabinet-level agency.

RISD school board member Hope Morales and RISD Preschool Supervisor Sally Green have been named to the Early Childhood Education and Care Department Advisory Council, according to a press release Monday from the department.

Elisa Begueria, superintendent of Lake Arthur Municipal Schools, was also named to the council.

“I am excited to be part of the new advisory council,” Morales said in an email to the Roswell Daily Record. Morales is also the New Mexico executive director of Teach Plus, a nonprofit that trains teachers in leadership skills, and a former RISD teacher.

“Research has proven that quality, early learning can close the opportunity gap for students, providing life-changing opportunities in school and after.

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“As an advisory member, I look forward to providing a voice that is focused on students and solutions. I will bring the perspective as a parent, educator, advocate and school board member. I have learned that engaging stakeholders toward a shared goal is essential to help move our state and our students forward.”

The department, created by the Legislature in its 2019 session, consolidates a variety of services that were spread across multiple agencies including the departments of Children, Youth and Families; Health; Human Services; and Public Education.

The council consists of 40 people from across the state representing education, early childcare and higher education as well as geographic, cultural, linguistic, gender, ethnic and racial diversity, according to the press release.

More than 300 people applied for the council, according to the press release. The council members were chosen by an independent panel composed of participants from the PED, Higher Education Department and ECECD.

The council will meet four times this year before submitting a series of recommendations to the governor and the Legislature.

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City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.


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