2022-2023 | NMUDL Cafe

Ongoing enrollment.


Cafes meet every two weeks on Wednesday until May 31st, 2023 from 3:00-4:15. The following is the schedule for spring.

Jan 25, 2023 03:00 PM
Feb 22, 2023 03:00 PM
Mar 22, 2023 03:00 PM
Apr 19, 2023 03:00 PM
May 17, 2023 03:00 PM

Please join our UDL Coaches for New Mexico, Janea Menicucci, Cammie LePlatt, Candise Forgue, Megan Shanley, and Jennifer Armstrong, and Rebecca Thomas, for open office hours! Please bring any questions, ideas, and/or success stories you may have about implementing UDL into your classroom.

Did you attend our NM UDL Cafes? Still have questions about Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? Our UDL coaches would love to support to you! Please join us.


Janea Menicucci is currently the NMUDL Coordinator for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for the state of New Mexico. She is a national board-certified teacher and an experienced instructor with a demonstrated history of working in the primary/secondary education industry. Janea is skilled in Educational Assessment, Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Consulting, and Teaching Reading. She is a strong education professional with a Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education & BS in Elementary Education focused in Regular and Special Education from The University of New Mexico.




Candise Forgue is currently a UDL Coach for the state of New Mexico. She is a certified PreK-12 teacher with endorsements in Psychology, Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Health, and Physical Education. Candise is a native New Mexican who has taught in small school districts across New Mexico. She has also served students and teachers as a Reading Specialist, Interventionist, and Instructional  Coach.  

Cammie LaPlatt is currently a UDL Coach for the state of New Mexico. She has over 25 years experience working with students as a volunteer, substitute teacher, Special Education teacher, Math and Business Education teacher, Transition Counselor at Aztec Schools, and a Vocational Transition Specialist with the CREC. She has also counseled teens and families through her own Life Coaching business, Apoluo and through the non-profit, Inspire heART. Cammie has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, a Master of Arts in Counseling and is a licensed school counselor and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. 

Megan Shanley  is currently a UDL Coach for the state of New Mexico. She is also an Occupational Therapist and RESNA-certified Assistive Technology (AT) Practitioner. For over 22 years she has worked with special education programs, AT interventions, and UDL teams, training teachers and therapists across New Mexico to use these adaptations with their students.  A self-professed “geek” and a Dyslexic who uses AT herself, Megan has a unique understanding of the power and challenges of integrating AT and UDL into everyday life.

Jennifer Armstrong is a Universal Design for Learning Instructional Coach (UDL). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Frostburg State and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from West Virginia University.  She also holds an additional endorsement in Administration & Supervision from Frostburg State. Jennifer has taught as both a Special Education teacher and Diagnostic Prescriptive teacher and has supported students and staff of Albuquerque Public Schools in Universal Design for Learning since 2017. She also holds licenses in Instructional Leadership Pre-K-12 Special Education, Instructional Leadership K-8 Elementary, Instructional Leadership 5-9 Middle Level and Pre-K12 Administrative. 

Rebecca Thomas is currently a Universal Design for Learning Coach for the state of New Mexico. She is an experienced and certified K-8 teacher with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary education with an endorsement in TESOL and a Master of Education in Elementary Education. Throughout her career, she has served as a Classroom Teacher, Instructional Coach, Literacy Specialist, and Project Facilitator. Rebecca is a proud native New Mexican who is eager to spread the love of UDL to teachers across this great state!


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