Our Staff

Gloria Rael, Executive Director

A native New Mexican, Gloria earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts in Business from New Mexico Highlands University. Using this education, Gloria has applied her passion to program development and management with public, private and non-profit organizations constantly striving to find innovative ways to expand her knowledge to address the unmet need in Adult Education.

Jamie Bearden, Education Director

Jamie grew up in Grants, New Mexico, and attended the University of New Mexico where she received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and then received her Masters in Psychology from the University of Phoenix in 2010. She plans on pursuing her Ph.D in Psychology, using that education to further help her students academically, emotionally and mentally. Within Adult Education, Jamie is a New Mexico Distance Education Learning Technologies (NMDELT) Master Teacher, Secretary of the New Mexico Adult Education Association (NMAEA), and serves as a C3 Mentor.

Janice Pecos, Instructor

Janice Pecos comes from the Pueblos of Cochiti and Ohkay Owingeh. She was reared in Cochiti Pueblo where she learned the ways of the Pueblo People. Her first and best teachers were family. They taught her the importance of love, trust, and integrity, three attributes she’s carried with her day to day. Growing up in a large extended family in Cochiti Pueblo surrounded by cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents, had a profound effect on Janice. She attended Bernalillo Public Schools beginning in kindergarten through twelfth grade where she received a diploma from Bernalillo High School. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of New Mexico and taught elementary students for almost twenty-five years. She came to ABQ-GED in 2014 where she has been given the opportunity to continue her teaching career. She loves teaching ABE because it allows her to connect with students on a personal level. The connection helps her understand each student’s learning style and learn what additional support each student may need. She believes each person has unlimited potential to be successful.

Candace Lamb Owen, Instructor

Candace Lamb Owen is a CUM LAUDE graduate of UNM and has a Bachelor's of Arts in English, Spanish, and Chicana and Chicano Multicultural Studies. She began working as an adult education tutor seven years ago and has been teaching adult education for the last six years. Her teaching experience includes: Spanish Adult Education, English Language Acquisition (ELA), bilingual High School Equivalency (HSE) instruction, I-BEST, citizenship, basic computers, ASVAB preparation, and learning, life, and career skills. Her special interests include the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and differentiated instruction through the use of technology.

Dr. Susan Chaudoir, Program Improvement Administrator

Susan brings 15 years of experience in teaching at the postsecondary level, 7 years in the adult and continuing education field, and 12 years of research in curriculum development, leadership, and collaboration. She is an inaugural mentor of the New Mexico C3 Mentor Project and actively engaged in several committees. As a teacher, mentor, writer, presenter, editor, and colleague, her goal is to elevate well-being at every stage of life, enable the greater good, and connect diverse cultural perspectives in many contexts. Education is a life-style for Susan, grateful to serve, learn, explore, discover, and more recently, to be mindfully aware of the tacit connections that unite, energize, and propagate deeper understanding of what education is for. Being a member of the ABQ-GED team is a privilege, collectively bringing new, fresh, dedicated, and innovative program development and collaboration for a dynamic journey of life-long learning.

Joseph Sorrentino, Transitions Coordinator

Joseph joined ABQ-GED in October, 2016 as the Transitions Coordinator and Jobs Coach. He helps students with career choices, gives them information about college options and aids them with resume preparation and job searches.