NM TSTM Team
Meriah Lira is currently the Adult Education Instructional Coordinator at Clovis Community College. She had tutored English and taught ESL and HSE at Clovis Community College since 2014. Meriah began working with the Distant Learning Team in 2020 and has been working closely with the team and teachers across the state to provide technology support and trainings.
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Nina Bar-Giora (she/her) As part of Taos Education and Career Center (TECC) at UNM-Taos, Nina teaches IET courses in the I-BEST co-teaching model. These include CNA, EMT-B, and alternative building in Construction Technology. She is also an integrated science/language arts instructor in TECC’s high school equivalency program. While relatively new to adult education, she enjoys the challenges and fulfillment that come from helping students empower themselves through their educational and career journey. Before working at TECC/UNM-Taos, Nina worked in environmental education, Philadelphia public schools, and with at-risk youth in Northern New Mexico.
Tina Hite has served in many different positions in adult education during the past three decades. Early in her career as an instructor, she was introduced to theme-based instruction and found that it helped students maintain interest in classes, improved participation, and improved learning outcomes. She also followed the research of Equipped for the Future (EFF) and the skills that "adults need to know and be able to do in order to carry out their roles and responsibilities as workers, parents and family members, and citizens and community members." (Stein, 2000) Teaching Skills That Matter (TSTM) takes these ideas to another level. Tina participated in the national TSTM project in 2020-2021 as the state lead and is excited about bringing this project to New Mexico adult educators. She enjoys working collaboratively with adult educators and appreciates the hard work and dedication of the NM TSTM Team.
TSTM: A Train the Trainer Initiative
Teaching the Skills That Matter in Adult Education (TSTM) is a national training initiative from the American Institute for Research (AIR) and the U.S. Dept. of Education. This training offers adult educators research-based, field-tested curriculum and strategies designed to help learners gain critical skills for education and employment in meaningful and engaging ways. New Mexico was invited to participate in the national TSTM training in 2020-21, and an initial group of four instructors were chosen through an application process to join with colleagues across the country for an 8-month learning journey into the TSTM content, skills, approaches, and implementation. The first NM TSTM Team was comprised of William (Bill) Hladky (WNMU), Meriah Lira (Clovis CC), Eva Rivera-Lebron (SIPI), and Rebecca Sherry (CNM) with Tina Hite as the state professional development lead.
TSTM is a train-the-trainer initiative, so our state team continues to evolve to meet the needs of New Mexico adult educators. In 2022-23, Nina Bar-Giora, an instructor who completed our first New Mexico TSTM Cohort from the prior year, joined the NM TSTM Team as a consultant and coach.