Dr. Silvia Martínez
Cristina Benítez De Luna
High School Bilingual Teacher, Dean of Students, and is currently a High School Administrator at one of the largest schools in the state of New Mexico providing bilingual education opportunities for students.
Mishelle L. Jurado
Hilda N. Pérez-Vargas was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. She migrated with her family in the 90s to Santa Fe, where she was raised. After graduating from Capital High School, Hilda attended the Santa Fe Community College and earned an Associates Degree in Human Services. Hilda then attended Highlands University and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, and her Master’s Degree in Bilingual Bicultural Social Work.
In 2019, Hilda became a coordinator with the Santa Fe Public Schools for César Chávez Community School. She is working to make the school a community hub—opening the doors to local community organizations, clubs, groups, and community members to insure that the children, families, and community as a whole are surrounded by support, equity of engagement, and inclusion. The hope is that the school and community can grow together. “When we are able to plant seeds of love, hope, and faith we are able to nurture the life that we all deserve para cosechar un futuro nuevo donde nuestros niños celebren su cultura y lenguaje en una comunidad unida que celebra las diferencias y aprenden unos de otros.”
In addition to this work, Hilda is also a Board Member of Earth Care, which promotes community, self-sustainability, and parent leadership through the education of families with a national curriculum, “Abriendo Puertas”. She works closely with Gerard’s House, Nuestra Jornada Program, which works with children and families experiencing loss due to the death of, or separation from a loved one.
“Helping families to keep their dignity, unity, language and find their voice to stand tall and proud, is a real privilege” says Hilda.
Silvia Sosa de Chávez
dedicated her entire career as a planning committee member for La Cosecha Dual Language Conference, which supports teachers and administrators in the development of their own dual language programs.
Literature and Spanish and an MA in Bilingual Education from UNM, Jesse works with bilingual children who are developing their English. Currently, Jesse serves on the Board of Directors of Dual Language Education of New Mexico; in addition, he represents DLeNM on the Board of Directors of New Mexico Association of Bilingual Education. He is also a Project GLAD key trainer which enables him to train other teachers working with emerging bilingual learners. Jesse lives in Albuquerque where he is raising two bilingual children.