Students that represent the College of Education Core Values

deans-parkingThe Dean’s office in the College of Education is honoring students who exemplify the CORE VALUES of the College of Education. The students were nominated for the award by exemplifying one or more of the core values of the College of Education. Seven students total were randomly selected from a pool of nominees.

2017 – 18 Core Values-Student Award winners
Gaspard Mucundanyi March 2018 – Gaspard Mucundanyi  “Gaspard Mucundanyi is a doctoral student and graduate assistant in the Curriculum and Instruction Department.  He exemplifies excellence in his teaching as evidenced by the outstanding evaluations he receives from students in his courses.  In addition to his classroom leadership, Gaspard serves as an ASNMSU Graduate Senator and is a member of the Critical Multicultural Educators organization.  He has supported grant activities in his work with Dr. Wiburg.  His commitment to diversity is evidenced in his co-authorship with Dr. Woodley on an article about culturally responsive online education.  Gaspard is an outstanding student leader.”


Sarah RamosFebruary 2018 – Sarah Ramos “Sarah has been an outstanding Program GA for the Counseling Psychology program as well as in the Training clinic where she provides triages, sees individual clients, runs psycho-education groups, and assists in making sure the clinic runs smoothly. In addition, she has served as a CEP 199 student mentor to incoming students and she is active in the Doctoral Student Association and its social committee. Outside of the university, she is active in a church community where she works with the adolescent and college group. She has been informally mentoring several of the high school and college students who are looking into higher education. Sarah has also helped co-lead informal psycho-education workshops at the church such as providing a training on healthy conflict resolution during a church leader retreat. She always demonstrates integrity and leadership.”

Rebecca Alvarado-Alcantar with parking pass


December/January – Rebecca Alvarado-Alcantar “Rebecca is a doctoral student in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders and she displays the quality of leadership. She is committed to her future as a leader in special education in her research and learning. Rebecca recently took a leave of absence from her work in order to fully immerse herself in the academic experience here at NMSU. She has since committed to multiple school-based research projects, engaged in scholarly writing, and submitted applications for presentations. Her decision to become of the NMSU academic community displays a commitment to her overall goal to become a leader in the area of special education.”


Bill NolanNovember 2017 – Bill Nolan “Bill is a very hard worker and is an Honors student. He challenges himself, is not afraid to ask hard questions of himself regarding the multiple facets of diversity, and works hard to achieve excellence in his work.  He demonstrates leadership in the class due to his maturity and serious demeanor toward learning.  Bill wants to become a math teacher and is investigating how to be a transformative educator for students in the borderland. He has a keen sense of integrity, honesty and kindness.  He sees education as a way to assist others to reach their goals and access opportunity.”

Adan Contreras


October 2017 – Adan Contreras  “Adan joined the MC2 team as a work-study and is a Kinesiology major.  This young man exudes the college’s Core Values in many ways.  He always seeks ways to support the intense work of the team when planning and preparing, which may be challenging at times. Adan seeks the well-being of the staff and all the teachers who will benefit and displays responsibility, a positive attitude, and quality in his work.  He is proper, respectful to others, attentive and inviting.  He has also worked videotaping in classrooms with very young students of different backgrounds and skill levels.  Being able to do this, he contributes to the work we do in diverse populations. Adan is proactive about his school work and his duties as a work-study.  In addition, he serves as a role model for the young students whose classrooms he works in and can be an influence to future NMSU students!”

Sabrina Jamison

September 2017 – Sabrina Jamison“Sabrina Jamison is a junior majoring in Secondary Education: Science. She is from Minnesota and chose to attend NMSU after visiting many western universities. Sabrina exemplifies the core values of the College of Education in many ways. She is a natural leader and has served as the President for Educators Rising for the past year and also serves on the College Council. She is innovative in the way she approaches her studies and her work. As a key member of the SOAR Lab, she is able to solve problems and develop solutions for many of our research projects. Sabrina is also very transparent in the way she works with her fellow students and coworkers. She is a joy to be around and she is uplifting to all those she encounters. She excels in many areas and she does it with kindness and humility. She truly is an example of excellence, integrity, diversity, transparency, leadership and innovation..”


2016 – 17 Core Values-Student Award winners

Ana LopezApril 2017 – Ana Lopez“Ana has an outstanding academic record with a record of excellence in all things she does.  She is forthright and presents herself as being from NMSU proudly.  Ms. Lopez is from Mexico and a second language learner.  She makes every effort to be inclusive in her actions and words.  All her presentations to-date, and her selected research agenda is dedicated to inclusion and diversity.  We are very confident in her leadership qualities, capabilities, innovation, and leadership.”


Tabitha CollinsMarch 2017 – Tabitha Collins“Tabitha exemplifies the Leadership Core Value when she represents the CoEd at local, national, and international conferences where she presents her work about literacy.  She also teaches a master’s class in literacy and is co-authoring an article with Dr. Mary Fahrenbruck.  Tabitha volunteers and participates in a variety of activities on campus.  Her focus on LGBTQ children’s literature reflects her commitment to support diversity at NMSU and beyond. She strives for excellence in all she does.  Her work ethic is outstanding and she goes above and beyond in anything asked of her.  Tabitha is a member of a group that studies Imagology and will be one of the first to use it as a framework for a dissertation.

Violet Henderson

February 2017 – Violet Henderson – “Violet is an outstanding student in the College of Education. She has worked as a research assistant on a grant funded literacy project. She teaches as an adjunct in the Language, Literacy and Culture program and the Teacher Education Program in C&I. She is respected and well-liked. She is truly and asset to both programs. Violet has done much to support children who attend NMSU Myrna’s Children’s Village. She expertly interacts with children and families as she models reading skills and strategies, assesses children’s oral reading proficiencies and provides suggestions to families about ways to support children at home. Violet Henderson displays the Core Values of Excellence, Leadership and Innovation in ways that make her an outstanding student.

Marlena Moreno with Parking passSeptember 2016 – Marlena Moreno – “Marlena is extremely gifted and also has a deep-rooted passion for working with others. Marlena’s leadership style can best be described as that of a transformational leader. She is a tremendous visionary that leads through inspiring others to be their best self. She is committed to the cause and operates with a high degree of integrity.”


Anikah Bagawan October 2016Atikah Bagawan – “Atikah has displayed innovation in continually going beyond requirements to pursue additional professional experiences in special education.  She was funded as a student representative from Indonesia to attend an international conference on inclusive practices.  She has begun employment with a local agency that supports adults with disabilities, and has sought information about ABA to forward to her family for use in their work in a school for students with Autism.  She is an undergraduate student whose approach to learning about special education shows a graduate level of initiative.”

November 2016 – Margarita Ruiz Guerrero, C&I

2015 – 16 Core Values-Student Award winners

Corina LeyvaNovember 2015 – Carina Leyva – “The two core values that stands out the most when describing Carina are excellence and leadership.  Carina maintains a 3.8 grade point average while working part-time as an office assistant and commuting from El Paso everyday.  Carina supports the CEP department through her excellent organizational,  problem-solving, and training skills.  Carina is bilingual, bicultural, loves children and animals, and is a born leader.  Carina has served her community through many different projects including Toys for Tots, and the Salvation Army during Christmas.  She is majoring in secondary education with an endorsement in bilingual education and aspires to be a High School Principal someday.

December 2015 – Kristal Valdovinos

Elizabeth Leatherman, January 2016 Core Values Winner.

January 2016  – Elizabeth Leatherman – “Elizabeth displays excellence in her scholarly work, and in how she works as president of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.  Her grades are stellar, and she works to make the organization one of the best in the nation.  Students in the group see that Ms. Leatherman is a model of integrity in the way she serves and encourages others to become part of the group.  She has used innovative strategies to make sure all students are able to access meetings, even if their schedules are full, as Elizabeth has instituted Adobe Connect to allow for remote attendance or viewing a video of the meeting.  The increased ability to attend meetings and the posting of meeting minutes using Canvas also assures transparency in the organization.  Elizabeth is an example of the ‘full package’ with exemplary leadership skills assuring the group has attendance by all with deep diversity in membership.  I wholeheartedly nominate her for this award.”

David Villalobos, February 2016 Core Values parking spot winner.

February 2016 – David VillalobosDavid has worked in C&I for 2 years and is majoring in Elementary Education-Bilingual/TESOL. David is taking 18 credit hours this semester and also working 30 plus hours at an outside job to make ends meet. He has a passion for education and changed his major to education upon working in the College of Ed. Growing up in a rural area, David wants to give back to his community by teaching the students that live there. David has a great sense of humor therefore making him a pleasure to have working in the office. He is going to make an excellent teacher and will make such a positive impact on his future students.

March 2016 – Heather Kangas

April 2016 – Alejandrina Garcia

May 2016 – Amanda Armstrong