In the fall of 2019, the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) requested that all New Mexico school districts establish a Superintendent’s/Executive Director’s Equity Council. The Montessori Elementary and Middle School (TMEMS) is dedicated to supporting students, families, and staff through systematic implementation of best practices and new ideas. We have the goal of becoming a model of broad participation, full inclusion, equity, and social justice in our school district. With this target in mind, we are proud to work with students, families, staff, and administration to ensure that TMEMS is a welcoming and nurturing environment.
We are looking applicants that would want to serve on the TMEMS Equity Council. If you are interested in a position on our TMEMS Equity Council, please contact Mary Lane Besante at email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Council will be a local-level team that will help inform the district’s actions and solutions in response to Martinez/Yazzie. This group is responsible for addressing key areas related to Martinez/Yazzie and completing the following criteria:
- readiness assessment
- equity plan
- culturally and linguistically responsive (CLR) frameworks
- funding report
- Black Education Act implamentation HB 43
The Equity Council will provide updates to and collaborate with the school administration and school governing bodies. The Superintendent’s Executive Director’s Equity Councils are an advisory; they do not make final decisions or policy.
Based on NMPED guidelines, the Council shall be composed of a number of members sufficient to meet the requirements, but no more than 15 members serving staggered three or four-year terms.
The Council membership shall include representatives of the school district, school staff, students, parents, and family members, community members and members of Nations, Tribes or Pueblos.
At least half of the total membership must represent the student groups identified in the Courts’ ruling in the Yazzie Martinez case – students with disabilities, Native American students, students who are English learners and economically disadvantaged students.
Mary Jane Besante-Executive Director
Stan Albrycht-Director of Finance & Admin./CFO
Amanda Hagerty-Assistant Princapal
Piper Curry-Director of Federal Programs
Jen Snitchler-TMEMS Teacher
Dotty Williams-Community Member
Anthony Armour-Community Member
Alan Li- Governing Board Member
Jordan Reed- Governing Board Member
Divia Kurup-TMEMS Teacher
TMEMS Statement Aginst Harrasment
POLICY STATEMENT. The Montessori Elementary and Middle School believes that providing an educational environment for all, free from harassment, intimidation, violence, hazing, racial discrimination, or bullying of any kind, supports a total learning experience that promotes personal growth, healthy interpersonal relationships and wellness. The safety and wellbeing of all students in the SCHOOL learning environment is of primary importance. TMEMS prohibits bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, hazing, violence, Discrimination and it is the school’s goal to prevent and respond to all such acts, in accordance with applicable laws, including the New Mexico Safe Schools for All Students Act, NMSA 1978, §§22-35-1, et seq. This Policy and prohibition applies on TMEMS property, including electronic communication on or using School property; at TMEMS-sponsored functions; and on TMEMS to-and-from transportation or any TMEMS-sponsored transportation