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American Indian Educator Mentor Program

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A new initiative providing support for New Mexico American Indian undergraduate students pursuing a teaching degree in elementary or secondary education.

The American Indian Educator Mentor Program (AIEMP) was established to increase the number of New Mexico American Indians teaching in New Mexico public schools and to provide a support network that will enable individuals to successfully complete teacher preparation programs.

The project provides stipends to enable students to complete their coursework, attend inter-session and summer institutes facilitated by American Indian faculty in the College of Education, and receive on-going advisement and mentoring from faculty and college advisors. Preparing for the New Mexico State Teacher Examination will be a capstone support activity for all graduating students.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Must be a member of a New Mexico tribe.
  • UNM enrolled students in their 3rd or 4th year of a Teacher Education Program in the College of Education.
  • Individuals who have completed coursework in teacher education but who have not yet taken the State Teacher Examination.
  • Individuals who have taken courses in teacher education but who are not officially enrolled in a program of studies leading to a teaching degree.

For more information, contact:

Rachel Salvador, Program Coordinator: (505-277-9601)

Monika Honeyestewa, Student Recruiter:



Alexandra Romancito

Alexandra Romancito
Zuni Pueblo
Secondary Education, B.A.
Spring 2015

Sandra Sandoval

Sandra Sandoval
Torreon, NM
Early Childhood Education, B.S.
Spring 2015

Cody Jeff

Cody Jeff
Navajo Nation
Elementary Education, B.S.
Fall 2016