Sponsored by Dual Language Education of New Mexico
Janet Montoya Schoeppner
Native New Mexican, Janet Montoya Schoeppner, was a proud UNM graduate and longtime educator. Janet’s passion for education and her belief in equal opportunity for all students led her to teach in the community in which she was born and raised, committing twenty-five years of her life to teaching in elementary bilingual programs in Albuquerque Public Schools. She considered herself an ‘English as a Second Language teacher’, and her work was grounded in her commitment to dual language education. After earning her Masters degree, Janet began teaching at the College of Education, where she mentored beginning teachers and college seniors for six years. She exhibited leadership in all aspects of her life, serving as the executive vice president of the Albuquerque Teacher’s Federation for two consecutive terms from 1997-2009. She gained national recognition for her work in professional development, and she helped structure the union to better provide teachers the support needed to advance their careers.
Janet was a colleague, friend, mentor, and an effective supporter for dual language programs. In 2009, after fighting cancer for almost twenty years with courage, grace, and dignity, Janet left our physical world. It is because of Janet’s passion and contributions to dual language education that the Janet Montoya Schoeppner Scholarship Fund was created. We hope you will join us in celebrating her life and supporting the next generation of dual language educators in New Mexico.
Dual Language Education of New Mexico awards a scholarship equal to the cost of one course per semester to a New Mexico educational assistant currently working toward completion of their teaching license and bilingual certification.
Criteria for application and selection of candidates is as follows:
- Appropriate documentation will be required to ensure that the candidate is enrolled in a bilingual teacher preparation program in a public university or college in the state of New Mexico.
- Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or better for initial consideration and renewals.
- The award is renewable for a total of four classes over a period of two consecutive years. Above required documentation must be submitted to DLeNM prior to payment and/or scholarship renewal.
Candidate must submit the following by the appropriate deadline:
Completed scholarship application form, click here to download;
Two letters of recommendation;
A written essay in Spanish, English, or a Native American language outlining your reasons for entering the field of bilingual education; and
Current university transcripts and program of studies.