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Board of Directors – Executive Committee

2021

Amy Miller, MA, MFA, CALP

SWIDA BOARD PRESIDENT

Amy Miller is founder and Executive Director of May Center for Learning, a school, outreach and evaluation center for students with learning differences in Santa Fe, NM. Amy has taught English, reading, and writing for over 20 years at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. She is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) and a certified trainer for the IMSLEC accredited SEE Multi-Sensory Language Teaching Program. She is a frequent professional development provider for the New Mexico Public Education Department, school districts, schools, and non-profit organizations, focusing on best practices for students with learning differences, the science of teaching structured reading and writing, and the importance of structuring the learning environment to improve executive functioning skills. Amy also founded Dyslexia Justice League, a community that connects students with dyslexia with adult mentors through superhero stories and artistic expression as a vehicle for learning about self-advocacy and their own personal strengths. Where I Come From, a book that Amy co-authored with May Center students, won the 2014 New Mexico/Arizona Young Adult Book of the Year.

 

 

Christine Quesada

SWIDA BOARD VICE-PRESIDENT

Christine Quesada is an Elementary Curriculum & Instruction Coordinator for Rio Rancho Public Schools. She is in her twentieth year of education, thirteen of which were in the classroom. She has been with the RRPS Curriculum and Instruction Department for the last five years as an instructional coach/coordinator. Christine supports elementary teachers in reading foundational skills, Structured Literacy and dyslexia, and also supports K-12 Bilingual Multicultural Education Programs. She holds an MA in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies from the University of New Mexico and a BA in Economics and International Studies from Texas A&M University. Christine received her teaching certification at the University of Texas at El Paso, has a Reading endorsement and a Level III-B Administrative License. In addition, she is a Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE) Literacy Trainer, Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) Facilitator and is a contributing author of the New Mexico Structured Literacy Curriculum Review Rubric. Christine is a passionate advocate of the Science of Reading and professional learning for teachers so all students can have equitable and effective instruction in reading.

 

 

Zoe Ann Alvarez

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY

Zoe Ann Alvarez has been an educator for 26 years, teaching at the elementary and middle school levels serving both special education and general education students.   Zoe Ann is a former Adjunct Professor at New Mexico Highlands University, teaching graduate courses in reading.  She is currently a Reading Resource teacher for Albuquerque Public Schools, providing professional development in the areas of Dyslexia, Structured Literacy, ELA, and reading. Zoe Ann is a Wilson Language Trainer, and Certified Wilson Language Therapist. She has presented at a number of conferences, including SWIDA, NICHD, the Council for Learning Disabilities, and the Urban Collaborative.

 

 

 

Alyssa Martinez

RECORDING SECRETARY

Alyssa Martinez is the founder and CEO of A+ Educational Diagnostics. She is a Level 3 Educational Diagnostician as well as licensed K-8 teacher with specializations in Reading and Gifted Education. Alyssa carries a certification in Autism Spectrum Disorder through UC Davis and is a graduate of the UNM-CDD program Partners In Policymaking. As an educator and the mother of two daughters with dyslexia, Alyssa is a strong supporter of early identification and intervention for at-risk readers. In her down-time, Alyssa enjoys gardening, knitting, reading, and vacationing with family.

 

 

Cammie Archuleta

TREASURER

Cammie Archuleta graduated with a double major: a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and a bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management from New Mexico State University (NMSU).  While at NMSU, she was awarded the 2005 SWIDA college scholarship. For four years she worked for a public accounting firm in the auditing department. She currently lives in Las Cruces where she has been a grant Senior Accountant for NMSU since 2016.

 


Directors-at-Large

Nereida Antúnez Gamon

Anthony, is a District Literacy Specialist for K-6 in the Gadsden Independent School District.  She has been an educator for fourteen years supporting English learners as a lower grade classroom teacher and Instructional Coach.  She earned her Bachelor’s (2007) and Master’s (2011) degrees in education from New Mexico State University specializing in Bilingual Education.  She is National Board Certified (2013) in the content area of English as a New Language-Early/Middle Child. She has co-presented at multiple conferences including La Cosecha and NMABE. After going through the LETRS Professional Learning in her district, Nereida has become an advocate for building teacher knowledge of the Science of Reading to provide students with quality instruction. 

 

 

Erin Brown, CALT-ICALP, SLDS

Erin Brown is a Certified Academic language Therapist and IDA-Certified Structured literacy Dyslexia who works in private practice in Albuquerque, NM. Erin has trained in various researched-based programs and techniques related to Structured literacy and has served as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and support interventionist in a variety of school settings. In addition to providing dyslexia therapy services, Erin also serves as an instructor for the Multisensory Language Training Institute of New Mexico, where she works with dyslexia therapists in training. A SWIDA board member since 2008 and past Vice President, Erin currently co-chairs the SWIDA Community Engagement Committee and is a frequent conference presenter. She is also a founding member and current president of the Academic Language Therapy Association, New Mexico Chapter.

 

 

 

 

Angelica Cuevas-Duran

Angelica Cuevas-Duran is a native New Mexican raised in Hatch, NM who is passionate about public education, dual-language education, and furthering the field of special education. She is a lifelong learner with a diverse background in public education.

Mrs. Cuevas-Duran has been employed with Rio Rancho Public Schools for sixteen years. She also supports charter schools and districts throughout the state with special education evaluations and professional development. Prior to becoming a Director for Rio Rancho’s Special Services Department, she served as the Child Find Coordinator, Bilingual Educational Diagnostician, Bilingual Coordinator, and Classroom Teacher. Before coming to RRPS she was a bilingual teacher in Albuquerque, NM, and Houston, TX.

Mrs. Cuevas-Duran holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Education with a focus on Bilingual Education from the University of Houston along with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from New Mexico Highlands University. Her Educational Diagnostician Licensure coursework was completed at the University of New Mexico. Mrs. Cuevas-Duran was awarded the First Year Teacher of the Year Golden Apple Award and most recently served on the team that developed the NM TEAM Identification of Dyslexia Supplemental Narrative and Worksheet for the New Mexico Public Education Department, Special Education Division. Her passion for appropriate identification of Dyslexia is rooted in a family history of Dyslexia and the many children with learning differences she served as a classroom teacher.

 

 

Nicole Florez

Nicole Florez, of Albuquerque, is the Director of the Peterson Learning Center at Manzano Day School. She has 20 years of experience in the elementary school setting, including many years teaching internationally in Spain and Argentina. Nicole holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Bilingual Education, both from University of New Mexico. She also holds a certificate in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey and is a Certified Orton-Gillingham Instructor from the Institute of Multi-Sensory Education. Nicole specializes in structured literacy, student advocacy, and curriculum development and implementation. She works directly with students facing reading and writing challenges, and supports teachers in developing their understanding of foundational literacy skills, instructional delivery methods, and data-informed lesson planning. Nicole is focused on providing students and families the tools and resources they need to have the most successful learning experience they possibly can.

 

 

 

Claudia Gutierrez

Immediate Past President

Claudia Gutierrez has served on the SWIDA Board for eight years in various positions. She currently serves as the Immediate Past President on the Board. Claudia works for Albuquerque Public Schools in the Special Education Department as an Executive Director for Student Achievement.

 

 

Dr. Sunaina Shenoy

Dr. Sunaina Shenoy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of New Mexico. She earned a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of California, Berkeley and completed her post-doctoral work at the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University. She teaches in the Educational Diagnosis Certificate Program at UNM, specializing in courses related to the assessment and identification of students with disabilities. Her research interests are in assessment; early identification of reading disabilities in bilingual and multilingual populations; reading acquisition and dyslexia; bilingual special education; second language acquisition; and international special education.

 

 

 

 

Mariann Skahan

Mariann Skahan is the mother of two amazing daughters who present their dyslexia in very different ways. Mariann discovered Structured Literacy, the wonderful work of Certified Academic Language Therapists (CALT), and the advocacy of SWIDA while researching therapies for her oldest daughter. As a linguistic anthropologist whose work focuses on critical language documentation; Native American orthographies; and studies of literacy; she would like to bring her research experiences to help open the dialogue about dyslexia. Mariann has two decades of experience serving on national educational policy boards spanning from National Society of Experiential Education (NSEE) to the American Association of Anthropology (AAA) Council of Anthropology and Education (CAE). She has held fellowships from the Spencer Foundation and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

 

 

Amy Stanton

Amy Stanton is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at the May Center for Learning in Santa Fe. Amy is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner, CALP, and is a nationally certified multi-sensory language teacher for the IMSLEC accredited SEE Multi-Sensory Language Teaching Program. With a Master’s Degree in Recreational Therapy, Amy previously worked with children, teens and adults with mental health disorders. After eight years, she earned a teaching certificate and taught first grade. The opportunity to become a SEE Multi-Sensory Language teacher showed her that children with dyslexia needed a different instruction model to help them learn.

 

 

 

 

 


Chamisa Roehrig
Office Manager


BOARD MEETINGS in 2020

Board meetings are held on Saturdays, usually at the SWIDA office, 3915 Carlisle NE.   SWIDA members are welcome to attend these board meetings as observers.  Call the SWIDA office (505-255-8234) if interested. Some of our hardest working Board Members were guests who came to volunteer their services.

  • January 25
  • Annual General Meeting at the Conference, February 21 
  • April 18
  • August 22 (Zoom)
  • September 26 
  • October 24
  • December 5
  • January 30, 2021

Would you like to be considered for a Board position in the future?  If so, please CLICK HERE for a Nominee Information form. 

The ballot for electing a new slate of Officers and Board Members will be mailed to all SWIDA members on November 1.  The bio sketches below are of those nominees who are new to the Board.  Those serving a second term are listed above. 

Angelica Cuevas-Duran is a native New Mexican raised in Hatch, NM who is passionate about public education, dual-language education, and furthering the field of special education. She is a lifelong learner with a diverse background in public education. 

Mrs. Cuevas-Duran has been employed with Rio Rancho Public Schools for fifteen years. She also supports charter schools and districts throughout the state with special education evaluations and professional development. Prior to becoming the Child Find Coordinator for Rio Rancho’s Special Services Department, she served as a Bilingual Educational Diagnostician, Bilingual Coordinator, and Classroom Teacher. Before coming to RRPS she was a bilingual teacher in Albuquerque, NM, and Houston, TX. 

Mrs. Cuevas-Duran holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Education with a focus on Bilingual Education from the University of Houston along with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from New Mexico Highlands University. Her Educational Diagnostician Licensure coursework was completed at the University of  New Mexico. Mrs. Cuevas-Duran was awarded the First Year Teacher of the Year Golden Apple Award and most recently served on the team that developed the NM TEAM Identification of Dyslexia Supplemental Narrative and Worksheet for the New Mexico Public Education Department, Special Education Division. Her passion for appropriate identification of Dyslexia is rooted in a family history of Dyslexia and the many children with learning differences she served as a classroom teacher. 

Nicole Florez, of Albuquerque, is the Director of the Peterson Learning Center at Manzano Day School. She has 19 years of experience in the elementary school setting, including many years teaching internationally in Spain and Argentina. Nicole holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Bilingual Education, both from UNM. She also holds a certificate in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey. Nicole specializes in reading instruction and literacy curriculum development and implementation. She works directly with students facing reading challenges, and supports teachers in developing their understanding of foundational literacy skills, instructional delivery methods, and data-informed lesson planning. Nicole is focused on providing students and families the tools and resources to help them along their personal reading journeys.  

Nereida Antúnez Gamon, of Anthony, is a District Literacy Specialist for K-6 in the Gadsden Independent School District.  She has been an educator for thirteen years supporting English learners as a lower grade classroom teacher and Instructional Coach.  She earned her Bachelor’s (2007) and Master’s (2011) degrees in education from New Mexico State University specializing in Bilingual Education.  She is National Board Certified (2013) in the content area of English as a New Language-Early/Middle Child. She is currently a member of the GISD National Board Network, which supports teachers seeking National Board Certification.  She has co-presented at multiple conferences including La Cosecha and NMABE. After going through the LETRS Professional Learning in her district, Nereida has become an advocate for building teacher knowledge of the Science of Reading to provide students with quality instruction.

Crockett Neighbors, Roswell, is a dyslexia practitioner working in southeast New Mexico. She has taught students in Texas, Florida, and New Mexico in both general and special education settings. Currently, she owns a private tutoring company that provides services for students in southeast New Mexico. Crockett worked in the public schools in Texas where she learned about structured literacy and taught an Orton-Gillingham based program to her students.  A few years (and a move) later, Crockett started privately tutoring to help out a few kids in Roswell, unaware of the alarming challenges that students with dyslexia in this area were faced with. Unbeknownst to her, she was one of the only known Certified Dyslexia Practitioners in the area and her business has proven to be a huge asset to the community and surrounding area.  She got a wonderful opportunity this year to help open the brand-new Sidney Gutierrez Elementary Charter School and is the school’s Special Education Teacher. After a break from being in the classroom, she is ready for her dual role as business owner and teacher.  Her goal is to raise awareness for dyslexia in her part of New Mexico, be an advocate for people with dyslexia, and erase preconceived notions about the disability. Crockett has been a dyslexia practitioner for ten years and a special education teacher for fifteen years. 

Dr. Sunaina Shenoy, Albuquerque, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of New Mexico. She earned a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of California, Berkeley and completed her postdoctoral work at the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University. She teaches in the Educational Diagnosis Certificate Program at UNM, specializing in courses related to the assessment and identification of students with Specific Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia, and the identification of disabilities in students who are culturally and linguistically diverse.

Her research interests are primarily in the area of assessment and the early identification of reading disabilities in bilingual and multilingual populations. She is particularly interested in reading development and the identification of dyslexia in India. Her current research study focuses on the reading process across low-cost, middle-cost and high-cost schools; students following different curricula; and students from various socio-economic backgrounds within the Indian context. As a future research goal, she strives to develop and norm reading screeners and diagnostic tools that take into consideration the multilingual and multi-cultural background of students. She plans to provide teachers with progress-monitoring tools to keep track of their students’ reading development, and provide school psychologists with diagnostic tools, which will help them parse out language differences from learning disabilities in this context. 

 

 

 

 


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