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Posted: January 29, 2024

La Cueva Teacher Named State's Language Teacher of the Year

NMOLÉ honoring Cathy Gamble for her excellence in teaching and many contributions to her field.

Cathy Gamble

Cathy Gamble

The New Mexico Organization of Language Educators (NMOLÉ) – the state-level language teachers’ association – has selected Cathy Gamble as its Language Teacher of the Year for New Mexico. 

She was selected due to her excellence in teaching and her many contributions to the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), NMOLÉ, and Southwest Council on Language Teaching (SWCOLT), the regional language teachers’ association. She has been a major contributor to professional development at all these levels, presenting research on language teacher methodology and teacher well-being, and sharing with her colleagues. 

Gamble is a 26-year veteran of the classroom. She began her career as a language arts teacher at Jackson Middle School. She then moved to Southern California and taught English in Pico Rivera and Palos Verdes. 

She subsequently returned to New Mexico and taught gifted language arts and literature at the middle school level before obtaining her master’s in German at UNM.  In 2014, she began teaching German at La Cueva High School, and she has grown the program from 3 sections to a full program of German levels 1 - 5 (Advanced Placement).  

She is proud that the students in her classes consistently pass the AP exam and earn the Bilingual Seal in German. Her other academic interests include the teachings of Stephen Krashen, the effects of mindset, and maximizing neuroplasticity in the classroom. She integrates these interests into her daily lessons and has presented to her colleagues in her role as a Teacher Leader Facilitator at La Cueva. Her most recent presentations were awarded Best of New Mexico, and she’ll be presenting at SWCOLT in Hawaii at the beginning of March.