Supporting and Inspiring Teachers

Our teleECHO themes are centered on these following topics:

  • Student Engagement
    • Having fun in learning
    • Building classroom community
    • Building relationships
  • Principles and Pedagogy for Virtual/Hybrid Classrooms
    • Classroom management and expectations in a digital environment
    • Time management and strategies for non-classroom learning systems
    • Virtual problem-based learning
  • Technology Tools and Resources for Virtual/Hybrid Classrooms
    • Engaging all students in distance learning
    • Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching
    • Making distance learning equitable
  • Supporting Students with Special Learning Needs
    • Students on the autism scale and disrupted learning

Curriculum 2020-21

Workshop topics and presenters will be completed for the entire school year based on the needs and requests of the ECHO for Education participants.

Topic Date Presenter(s)
Building a Virtual Classroom Community 09/02/2020 Jeff Tuttle & Heather Summers
Classroom Management & Expectations over a Digital Environment 09/09/2020 Jeff Tuttle & Christina Nuñez
Technology Keys in a Virtual Classroom 09/16/2020 Janea Menicucci, Christina Nuñez, & Laurel Wykoff
Supporting Students Special Needs: Autism & Communications 09/23/2020 Megan Garrigan
Time Management/Strategies for Out-of-School Learning Systems 09/30/2020 Jeff Tuttle & Janea Menicucci
Virtual Problem-Based Learning & Activities that Engage Students 10/07/2020 Heather Summers
Making Distance Learning Equitable 10/14/2020 Juanita Sandoval


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Subject Matter Experts

Photo of Janea MenicucciJanea Menicucci has been a master educator for 20 years. Ms. Menicucci works for Explore Academy as the Director of Informational/Educational Technology, helping teachers and schools integrate technology in to their classrooms. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Educator Level 2. She is an active member with ISTE, Chair of Professional Development for the New Mexico Chapter (NMSTE), Co-founder of EdCamp NM, Treasurer for the NM ASCD chapter, and a Teach Plus New Mexico Network Teacher.
Photo of Heather SummersHeather Summers is a Science Teacher Support Specialist with Albuquerque Public Schools supporting Middle School Science. Heather has worked extensively with the Next Generation Science Standards, is a National Board Certified Teacher in Science for Early Adolescence. She is the Central Regional Representative for, is a Google Educator, and a facilitator for WestEd’s Making Sense of Science Professional Development courses. She has her BS in Chemical Engineering and her MA in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Science and Mathematics.
Photo of Juanita SandovalJuanita Sandoval has been an educator for 10 years in public schools throughout Albuquerque where she taught elementary, middle, high school. Her focus in teaching has been in bilingual/TESOL and science education. She employs a culturally responsive approach to her lessons and promotes curriculum that is reflective, responsive, and empowering to underrepresented populations. Currently adjunct faculty at CNM, she is beginning a PhD program at the University of Arizona where she will be focusing on Education and Social Justice.
Photo of Jeff TuttleJeff Tuttle, a Golden Apple Award Fellow, is currently a 3rd grade teacher at Monte Vista Elementary, setting out on a virtually possible voyage in his 29th year teaching. With all of the networking, software, curriculum, pedagogy, he would hope above all, to simply connect.
Photo of Christina NuñezChristina Nuñez has a BA in Business Administration and a MA in Elementary Education. She has worked at Albuquerque Public Schools for 15 years as a teacher, as well as serving in various leadership roles. She is currently a member of the APS Educational Technology Department serving as a Technology Resource Teacher, providing educator training for both Apple, Google and other digital tools. She is a member of ISTE, a secretary of NMSTE, a share captain of NMGEG and a member of NMASCD.
Photo of Megan GarriganMegan Garrigan is a board-certified Behavior Analyst who works with children, adolescents and adults who have autism in clinic, home, and community settings. Ms. Garrigan holds a NM special education teaching license and has worked for five years in the classroom teaching students with disabilities. Ms. Garrigan is a founding member of Elevate the Spectrum and serves as secretary, working closely with families and advocates for people with autism and their families across the state. She is also the president elect for the New Mexico Association of Behavior Analysts.

Program Team

Michael Stanton, PhD
NM ECHO for Education
Strategic Support Manager

Stephen Murillo, MBA
Program Manager