2022-2023 | Structured Literacy | An Introduction | Cohort 19

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Registration open through 6/30/2023 5:00 PM Mountain Time (US & Canada)

This professional learning meets on Wednesday, December 7th, 2022, from 5:00-6:00. You will receive 1 hour of Continued Professional Learning for your participation.

This course has been developed to introduce structured literacy for early childhood educators. Early childhood is a critical learning period for success in developing future reading and writing skills. Understanding the Science of Reading, or how we learn to read, sets the stage to provide in-depth knowledge and tools that preschool teachers can use with any well-designed early literacy program.


Dr. Cynthia Gomez is an Early Childhood Instructional Coach serving the districts of Los Alamos, Zuni, Roswell, Magdalena, and North Valley Academy Charter.  She earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education in 1997 and her Master's in Educational Management and Development with a focus on Reading in 2003. She also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Educational Learning and Technology from New Mexico State University (NMSU). She earned an ESL endorsement from Eastern New Mexico University, in 2004, and has an undergraduate minor in English, graduate minor in Reading, and a graduate minor in Educational Learning Technologies.

Cynthia has 23 years' experience in education, 8 of which were in teaching K-3 classrooms, 14 as an assistant principal/coordinator, and 1 as a facilitator with Head Start.

Dr. Mary Jimerson is an Early Childhood Instructional Coach with the Central Region Education Cooperative (CREC). She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2001, her Master’s in Special Education in 2011, and her Ph.D in Special Education and Educational Psychology in 2022.

Mary began her career teaching at a private preschool while living in Minnesota. Shortly after this experience and moving to New Mexico she became interested in early childhood development and developmental trajectories of students with developmental disabilities. She has been in the fields of early childhood education and special education for over 20 years as a consultant and instructional coach. She believes every child has the ability to succeed and it is up to us to discover ways to support students and their families using evidence-based practices so our students can reach their fullest potential. She is currently an ECIC for the districts of Bernalillo and Grants and one of our Lead Facilitators for the FOCUS Professional Learning.


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