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Posted April 9, 2014

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Teresa G. Fernandez, McCollum ES

Teresa G. Fernandez started her educational career as a behavior management specialist with Hogares 25 years ago, working with emotional challenged youth. At the same time she was a foster care parent for boys and girls who were in the judicial system.

From 1978-1982 she was a licensed teacher for seventh and eighth grade in Durango, Colo., and then at St. Mary’s private middle school in Albuquerque for four years. She worked for the state of New Mexico in the State Assistance Program.

In 1974, she finished her master’s degree in behavioral psychology in Boulder at the University of Colorado.

For the almost 10 years she has volunteered at Chaparral, Carlos Rey and Mark Twain elementaries and Rio Grande High School working with children with disabilities; she has taught these students living skills in the after school program. In 2008, she was an EA at MacArthur Elementary in the Autism Specific Program and since 2011, she has been an EA at McCollum in an ISP classroom.

After retirement she will continue to volunteer her time at McCollum in the ISP program. She will also take care of her husband, who has a physical disability and she would also like to see as many mountain ranges from around the world.

A joint retirement party will be held for Teresa at McCollum Elementary School on May 16 at 3:30 in the cafeteria.

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