2022 State Conference
Theme: Reimagining Education: A Call to Action
Find below the winners and national qualifiers of the
2022 EdRising NM State Conference held in Las Cruces and Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 1st-3rd place is awarded to young competitors across the state who successfully demonstrate education career skillsets to a panel of judges from the field.
In 2022, 1st and 2nd placements were sponsored to attend the Educators Rising National Conference in Washington D.C.
by EdRising NM.
In 2022 we had one keynote guest speaker at each location of the conference in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. with sessions to discuss their challenges and successes as educators. Their information can be found below and in greater detail within the downloadable programs above.
in Albuquerque, NM
2021 National Teacher of the Year
As National Teacher of the Year, Juliana plans to advocate for a “joyful and just education” for all students, one that is inclusive and celebratory of all students’ identities, families and communities. Urtubey is the first Latinx National Teacher of the Year since at least 2005. Juliana is a National Board Certified Teacher and holds a bachelor’s degree in bilingual elementary education and a master’s degree in special bilingual education from the University of Arizona. She is a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Board of Directors member and Teacher Fellow, a Nevada Teach Plus Senior Policy Fellow, and an Understood Teacher Fellow and mentor. She is also a winner of the 2018 Rogers Foundation Heart of Education award.
in Las Cruces, NM
Current Educator of New Mexico
Lorynn Guerrero is currently teaching English to 9th- and 12th -grade students at the New America School-Las Cruces, a charter high school in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She also teaches teen parents in a GRADS (graduation, reality and dualrole skills) class. Ms. Guerrero e has Advanced Placement certification in literature and composition from New Mexico Highland University and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages certification from Eastern New Mexico University. In 2017, she was nominated for Tú Revista Latina magazine’s Educators for Excellence award. Her first nomination for Teacher of the Year came in 2008, when she was teaching at Hatch Middle School. Her pedagogical priority is to work with students and educators to encourage personalized education for all students.
Children's Literature K-3
1st Place: Isabelle Reeves from V. Sue Cleveland HS 2nd Place: Chalee Merayo from Grants HS 3rd Place: Giselle Fuentes from Santa Teresa HS
1st Place: Maria Cortes from Hatch Valley HS 2nd Place: Elijah Greenwood from Aztec HS 3rd Place: Sarai Ortiz from Hatch Valley HS
1st Place: Olivia Withrow from Manzano HS 2nd Place: Arielle Cortes from West Mesa HS 3rd Place: Samantha Cordova from Centennial HS National Qualifier: Danley Ruiz from Rio Rancho HS
Lesson Planning & Delivery
1st Place: Amoreena LaCour from Rio Rancho HS 2nd Place: Isabelle Reeves from V. Sue Cleveland HS 3rd Place: Lacey Drew from Atrisco Heritage Academy
Children's Literature Pre-K
1st Place: Samantha Baltz from Rio Rancho HS 2nd Place: Gwenevere Caouette and Allison Cooley from Manzano HS 3rd Place: Danielle Salazar and Hannah Perez from Eldorado HS
1st Place: Sarah Bell from Alamogordo HS 2nd Place: Mickayla Biddle from Chaparral HS 3rd Place Tie: Elena Williamson from Los Lunas HS 3rd Place Tie: Rylan Hanker from Alamogordo HS
Exploring Education Careers
1st Place: Aurora Arrieta from Rio Rancho HS 2nd Place: Lizbeth Rodriguez from Atrisco Heritage Academy 3rd Place: Cara Baca from Alamogordo HS
1st Place: Ezekiel Romero from Del Norte HS 2nd Place: Marcella Eagletail from V. Sue Cleveland HS 3rd Place: Hailey Witzig from Alamogordo HS
Team Competitions and Contests
1st Place: Andres Ochoa Sophia Garcia-Hernandez and Angela Ramirez from Santa Teresa HS 2nd Place: Lailonie Pebeahsy, Casey Mariscal, Tayah Bills and Vivian Gomez-Solis from Del Norte HS 3rd Place: Phenix Cortis and Carlyn Brittingham from Rio Rancho HS
Research Learning Challenges
1st Place: Elycia Urbina and Valeria Sanchez from Gadsden HS
Teacher Recruitment PSA
State-Specific Rubric w/Spanish
1st Place: Aurora Arrieta and Danley Ruiz from Rio Rancho HS 2nd Place: Bella Esparza, Victoria Lampe, Aaliyah Grado-Corral and Natalia Ruiz from Organ Mountain HS 3rd Place: Brenda Sanchez, Alondra Vega and Arielle Cortes from West Mesa HS (Spanish)
Inside Our Schools
1st Place: Maria Elyza Amodo and Trinille McCabe from Newcomb HS 2nd Place: Miguel Cuellar, America Zuniga and Deisy Morales from Hatch Valley HS 3rd Place: Rogelio Rodríguez, Luis Barbara and Azucena Rowendolas from Atrisco Heritage Academy
Interactive Bulletin Board Contest
1st Place: Andres Ochoa and Angela Ramirez from Santa Teresa HS 2nd Place: Kierra Hoover from West Mesa HS 3rd Place: Amoreena LaCour and Samantha Baltz from Rio Rancho HS