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Teach for America New Mexico

The New Mexico region was founded in 2000 and began placing teachers on the Navajo Nation in 2001.  We also placed teachers the Southern New Mexico “Borderlands” sub-region from 2012-2014.  We began placing corps members in the Rio Grande Corridor in 2017 and founded our Alumni Board the same year. In 2020, TFANM celebrated 20 years of service to New Mexico.    

In 2021, New Mexico became one of Teach For America’s alumni innovation regions. As an Alumni Innovation Region, we are poised to innovate and learn new ways of contributing to the local education ecosystem.  Our current priorities are: 


  • Diversifying and strengthening New Mexico’s teacher pathways
  • Retaining and developing educators to increase their impact toward educational equity
  • Increase TFANM leadership, connectivity and impact 
  • Exemplify TFA’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness and Core Values 

Our alumni pursue educational equity from a variety of roles, sectors and across the state every day. Take a look at TFANM Alumni Statistics.




work in education or with low-income communities


are classroom teachers


are in school leadership roles

“Teach For America connected me to my current position in state government, and my classroom experience helped me land a role in analyzing education policy and financing. Every day I think of my students and how the policies I evaluate can impact their lives.”

Sunny Liu

Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Finance Committee

New Mexico Corps Member 2013

Our alumni lead schools and classrooms in: 

  • Albuquerque Public Schools, 
  • Gallup-McKinley Schools, 
  • Las Cruces Public Schools, 
  • Española Public Schools, 
  • Central Consolidated Schools
  • NACA Inspired Schools Network, 
  • Several District and State Charter Schools

They also hold leadership positions with: 

  • Public Education Department
  • Legislative Education Study Committee
  • Legislative Finance Committee
  • New Mexico Immigration Law Center 


Read our full 2021 Network Analysis for much more information about our TFANM Alumni Community, including ways to get involved.

Connect With Us

Regional Office

Stagecoach Elementary School
1498 Freedom Dr
Gallup, NM 87301

Alumni Affairs

Missy Wauneka, Senior Managing Director, Program & Regional Operations

Contact Info

Phone: (505) 863-2887
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