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Posted: January 10, 2013

3 APS Teachers Speak at TEDxABQED Event Focusing on Innovation in Education

The first education-specific event offered under the TEDxABQ umbrella will focus on transforming and redefining what it means to be educated in New Mexico.

Three APS teachers will speak at the TEDxABQED event focusing on innovation in education on Friday, Jan. 11 at the African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro Dr. NE. Jeff Tuttle of Monte Vista Elementary, a 2013 Golden Apple award winner; Maria Venegas, a special education teacher at Roosevelt Middle School; and Kevin Gant, who teaches Integrated Problems in the Environment at nex+Gen High will be among 20 inspiring New Mexicans who will share their innovative education-focused ideas in nine minutes or less.

The event will be held from 1-4 p.m., followed by an on-site, post-event mixer from 4-5 p.m.

Since its inception in December 2009, TEDxABQ’s mission has been to unlock the creative and economic potential of New Mexicans through events that inspire ideas, generate meaningful connections and foster innovation.

TEDxABQED is the first education-specific event offered under the TEDxABQ umbrella. The volunteers behind TEDxABQED are committed to offering a unique collaborative space to those who also believe that passion can transform and redefine what it means to be educated in New Mexico.

An audience of 300 is expected to attend. The event is sold out. For more information, contact Lisa Harris at

Kevin Gant

Kevin Gant Teaching 21st Century Skills through Project Based Learning

In an effort to bring a school with rigorous project-based learning to Albuquerque, Gant and three colleagues co-founded nex+Gen Academy in collaboration with Sandia Labs, Intel, APS, and the non-profit New Tech Network (NTN). Gant has served as a School Development Coach with NTN, helping to implement and support more than 10 new schools in seven different states, and has trained hundreds of teachers in project-based learning. A graduate of APS, Gant is an award-winning, National Board Certified Teacher of science and math, and currently team teaches a course integrating English, government, ecology, and statistics at nex+Gen.

Jeff Tuttle

Jeff TuttleFormula for Success

Tuttle has seen the swing of the pendulum in education, and will share an idea to develop a more unified direction, and a solid starting place for new teachers. He has been teaching for more than twenty years in public schools and is a 2013 recipient of a Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Maria Venegas

Maria VenegasSo, what are you going to do?

A lover of learning, Venegas has taught special education for 13 years. She holds a BA in Sociology from UCLA, a master’s degree in Communications and a master’s degree in Special Education, both from the University of New Mexico.

Venegas is a student of Robbins-Madanes Strategic Intervention Coaching and is completing her doctoral studies in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology at UNM.

Her focus is on supporting people who want to make a shift from where they are, to where they want to be, in order to demonstrate a personal ability that the world is begging for.

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