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Orlando Ramirez, M.A. '14,
is the art teacher at Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque. Orlie says he is enjoying life, his students are great, the space is awesome, and the staff at Rio Grande HS is supportive and helpful. He notes he is very grateful for his art teaching position.


Carlos Baca, B.A.Ed. '14,
is the art teacher at Sitton Elementary School in Portland, OR. Carlos moved to Portland at the end of April. By the middle of August he had been interviewed four times for four half-time art positions. He interviewed at Sitton Elementary and was hired as a FULL TIME art teacher. Sitton School is a K-5 Elementary School in the St.Johns area of Portland. The school is apart of a very small community. The current enrollment is about 380 students. Carlos teaches art from a cart since he has no art classroom. He sees each class once per week for 45 minute lessons. The entire staff is thrilled to have a full time art teacher. Many teachers do not do much art in their classrooms and are very pleased that their class will get more exposure. In the near future Carlos plans to give the Sitton staff a presentation on the importance of art in education and how they can implement art within their already established curriculum. He plans on taking lots of pictures of student work during his first year and will keep us posted on what is new with art at Sitton.

Anna Marie Gomez (far right), MA '13, is now the Art Teacher at L.B. Johnson Middle School in Albuquerque. Find out more about the school at: .



Ryan Miller (left), MA '02,has a new website that showcases his photographic
work and can be seen at .

Shari Griffin (right), BAEd '12, is now the High School Art Teacher
in Monticello, Utah.




Nick Puvogel, BAEd '06, (left) was recenlty promoted to Captain in the U.S. Air Force. Puvogel works as a navigator on RC-135 aircraft. He will be deploying soon to the Middle East.


Joseph Paul Baca, MA '10, (right) is the high school art teacher at Cesar Chavez Charter School in Albuquerque.

Diane Thomas, MA '07,
the Film Academy Director at Atrisco Heritage Academy in Albuquerque, is Chair of the Film Advisory Board bringing together professionals in the film and media industry, high school art teachers, and university professors in film, media, and art education, to discuss Dual Credit and Mentorship programs and continued development of curricula for film and digital arts at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

Ginger Stull, MA '07, was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania where she is studying Education, Culture, and Society. She will be graduating with a Master of Science degree in 2011. Her thesis is titled "Examining the Hidden Curriculum of Drug Prevention Education."

Topher House, MA '09, was hired as an art teacher at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School in Albuquerque. Previously, he was an art teacher at the new Albuquerque School of Excellence in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he deveoloped the art program for the K-8 technical-oriented charter school

Juliette Beck, MA '09,
will be teaching experimental theater at the Public Academy for Performing Arts (PAPA) in Albuquerque for the 2010-2011 academic year. Beck will continue her work at Service, Education/Employment, and Redevelopment (SER) de New Mexico, the non-profit organization where she has worked with for ten years.

RobertCarr, MA '09,
taught Art I and Digital Arts at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School in Albuquerque. Previously, he was an art teacher at Albuquerque High School.


Michelle Lemons
, MA '01, (center) had two distinguished guests visit her art classroom recently including Dr. Deborah Reeve (R), the Executive Director of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), and Susan Gabbard, a Past President of the NAEA (L). Michelle is the current Vice President of the New Mexico Art Education Association and an Itinerant Art Teacher in the Albuquerque Public School District..




Denise Meade, MA '80, is the Advanced Academics Resource Teacher for Hollin Meadows Elementary School and Stratford Landing Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia.


OFF Center is a community art space founded by Janis Timm-Bottos a graduate of the Art Education Program at UNM with an emphasis in art therapy. While OFF Center provides for homeless and near homeless artists.
Visit online at

Julie Dunker, PostBacc, '04
, received her MFA in Painting from Claremont Graduate University and is now an Adjunct Professor of Art at Westminster College in Salt Lake City.


Amy Eldridge, MA `06, teaches at Jemez Valley Elementary and Middle School.

Patricio Freire, BA`06, is teaching computer, graphics,ceramics, and sculpture at Manzano High School.

Cinamon Gentry, MA `06 currently teaches with APS as an elementary itinerant art teacher.

Michaela Sorenson, BA `06, is teaching art at an elementary school in Chicago, IL.

Detail of a Mosaic Table (right) by Lisa Domenici, MA '05. Lisa is currently working on her doctorate in the Department of Teacher Education at UNM.

Mehrzad Banihashemi, MA ‘05, is an art teacher at Cordova Elementary of Rio Rancho Public Schools.

Adalucia Quan, MA `05 teaches Spanish at Santa Fe Community College. She has written a Spanish book titled La chica de Mendiburo, which is geared towards middle school and younger adult readers. She has also published a book titled The Magic of Clay which has a website associated with it.

Stacia Smith, MA ’05, (second from right) is the Costume Shop Supervisor for the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance. She also teaches Introduction to Costuming and Makeup Design.

Michelle Zuccaro, MA ‘05, is teaching at Gateway High School in Aurora, Colorado. She teaches Jewelry, Ceramics and Painting. She recently attended the Colorado Art Educator’s Association Fall Conference in Pueblo, Colorado.

VeronicaMayer,MA ’05
, had an article published in Art Education. Her article entitled “Rediscovering Ruth Faison Shaw and Her Finger-Painting Method” outlines Shaw’s life, her development of finger painting, and how we as educators can re-examine Shaw’s methods and incorporate them into our own.

Jessica Gerschultz, MA ‘04
, is currently working on her Ph.D. in Art History, with a focus on contemporary African Art. She was awarded a full five year scholarship from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She teaches a section of Art History 101, and is planning a research trip to Senegal and Kenya this summer.

Allison Wermanger (Wade), MA`04, continued her education at Cornell University and graduated with an MFA in 2006. She is currently working as a facilities manager and an adjunct professor in photography at Parson's The New School for Design located in New York City.

Julie Simpkins, MA`03, teaches at Daytop Prep School in Mendham, NJ which is a Rehab Center for Adolescents.

Marilen Morales Seda, MA `02 is an art teacher at Wichita Collegiate School. She lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband and two children. While living in New Mexico, she taught Art Ed 214:Art in Elementary and Special Classrooms.

Rachael Astoroga (Hughes), MA ‘96 has taught middle school art in Anaheim, CA. She is currently taking a break from teaching school to raise her two small boys, Liam and Patrick. She is currently living in St. Petersburg, FL. Feel free to contact her at

Sarah Ann “Sally” Bowler-Hill, MA ‘96, is the Information Systems Planner for the UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center. She and her husband Joel welcomed their new baby girl last May.

Anne Cornell, BAEd ’96, is teaching art at an elementary school in Austin, TX. She earned her masters in Museum Studies in Boulder. She is currently working on her Educational Administration Certification.

Ivan Wright, BAEd ‘71, is retired from teaching after 28 years with APS. He’s been enjoying travel and relaxation. His daughter teaches 3rd grade in San Antonio.

Mary Burnett de Gomez, BFA ‘71 with Art Ed Certification, is the owner of Hanayagi-The Japanese Garden Shop located in Albuquerque. Mary is a master teacher of Ikebana, having received a Master’s Certificate from the Ichiyo School of Design in Tokyo, Japan. Please visit her shop’s web site at

Peter O'Boyle, BAEd '66, was a student of Alexander Masley. He taught art/woodshop at the secondary level in New Laguna, New Mexico. He continued on to earn Masters and Doctorate degrees at the University of Oregon. He has taught at many universities and is now retired and living on the Oregon coast.

Dan Hardin, BAEd ’55, went on to earn a MA in Bible from Eastern New Mexico University, a MA in Korean from Seoul’s Central University, an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Oklahoma State University, and a MS in Missions from Abilene Christian University. He has worked in various educational establishments as both an educator and administrator. He has been retired from education since 2000, and is currently a professional painter.