Who We Are

DLeNM Board of Directors

Jesse Winter: Co-Chair

Jesse Winter: Co-Chair

Jesse is a ten-year veteran ESL teacher who currently teaches ESL at Truman Middle School, the largest middle school in New Mexico. With a BA in Comparative Literature and Spanish and an MA in Bilingual Education from UNM, Jesse works with bilingual children who are developing their English. Currently, Jesse serves as Co-Chair to the Board of Directors of Dual… (Read more)


Loretta Booker: Co-Chair

Loretta Booker: Co-Chair

Loretta was born and raised in Santa Fe where she now resides with her husband and three children. She is a graduate of St. Michael’s High School, Santa Fe Community College (Associate of Arts in Teacher Education) and New Mexico Highlands University (Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education-Cum Laude). She has been teaching within the Santa Fe Public School District… (Read more)


María Rodríguez-Burns: Secretary

María Rodríguez-Burns: Secretary

Maria was born and raised in Yonkers, New York. Her father is Cuban and her mother is from El Salvador. She attended a Bilingual elementary school PS #19 where she learned English and learned to love education. Maria's influences are her elementary school Bilingual Teachers and her parents. She majored in Latin American Studies at SUNY Oneonta, New York and… (Read more)


Flor Yanira Gurrola Valenzuela: Treasurer

Flor Yanira Gurrola Valenzuela: Treasurer

Yanira is a bilingual math teacher from the state of New Mexico. She was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and moved to Albuquerque, NM 16 years ago. In her 11 years in the classroom, she has taught Math, Algebra, Spanish, and Technology. She is a Bilingual Coordinator and the Math Department Chair at Washington Middle School, one of the oldest public… (Read more)


Mishelle L. Jurado: Member

Mishelle L. Jurado: Member

Mishelle is a veteran bilingual teacher from the state of New Mexico. In her 12 years in the classroom she has taught Spanish as a Modern Language, Spanish for Bilinguals for Heritage Speakers and for the last five years was instrumental in developing and aligning of Spanish and English language arts for emergent bilingual students and multilingual students in a… (Read more)


Dr. Silvia Martínez: Member

Dr. Silvia Martínez: Member

Dr. Sylvia A. Martínez has been an educator for 34 years, 23 years as a teacher and 9 years in administration.  She earned a Master's and BA degree from ENMU (with endorsements in Bilingual Education and TESOL) and her doctorate from Kansas State University in 2007.  The past 6 years she has served as a principal of La Casita Elementary… (Read more)


Barbara Sena: Member

Barbara Sena: Member

Barbara Sena is in her 7th year of teaching at Truman Middle School, where she teaches Bilingual Social Studies/Humanities to sixth graders. With a BA in Political Science/Pre-Law from New Mexico Highlands University, Barbara went back to NMHU for her teaching degree in Special Education, General Education, and Bilingual Education. Barbara started out her career as a Bilingual Special Education… (Read more)