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Native New Mexican, Janet Montoya Schoeppner (1961-2009), was a proud UNM graduate and longtime educator. Janet’s passion for education and her belief in equal opportunity for all students led her to teach in the community in which she was born and raised, committing twenty-five years of her life to teaching in elementary bilingual programs in Albuquerque Public Schools. She considered herself an ‘English as a Second Language teacher’, and her work was grounded in her commitment to dual language education. After earning her Masters degree, Janet began teaching at the College of Education, where she mentored beginning teachers and college seniors for six years. She exhibited leadership in all aspects of her life, serving as the executive vice president of the Albuquerque Teacher’s Federation for two consecutive terms from 1997-2009. She gained national recognition for her work in professional development, and she helped structure the union to better provide teachers the support needed to advance their careers.

Janet was a colleague, friend, mentor, and an effective supporter for dual language programs. In 2009, after fighting cancer for almost twenty years with courage, grace, and dignity, Janet left our physical world. It is because of Janet’s passion and contributions to dual language education that the Janet Montoya Schoeppner Scholarship Fund was created. We hope you will join us in celebrating her life and supporting the next generation of dual language educators in New Mexico.

Dual Language Education of New Mexico awards scholarships to New Mexico educational assistants currently working toward completion of their teaching license and bilingual certification and high school seniors enrolling in a New Mexico university with an education major.

Criteria for application and selection of candidates is as follows:

  1. Appropriate documentation will be required to ensure that the candidate is enrolled in a bilingual teacher preparation program in a public university or college in the state of New Mexico.
  2. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or better for initial consideration and renewals.

Applications are now being accepted from Educational Assistants working toward the completion of their teaching license and bilingual certification and current high school seniors who are seeking their degree in education. For information on the scholarship criteria and to apply click here

Educational Assistants and high school seniors applying for the scholarship must submit the following by the appropriate deadline:

  • Completed scholarship application form, click here to download
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A written essay in Spanish, English, or a Native American language outlining your reasons for entering the field of bilingual education
  • Current university transcripts and program of studies.

For more information contact Leslie Sánchez at leslie@dlenm.org.

Deadline for Educational Assistants to submit an application is October 15th. Scholarships are awarded annually during the La Cosecha conference. Deadline for high school seniors to submit an application is April 13th. Applicants will be notified of their submission status by April 20th and awarded their scholarship at the annual Hispano Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education banquet. 

To learn more about Janet Montoya Schoeppner click here.