Board Members


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Paige Prescott, President

As someone always interested in trying new and innovative experiences for her students, Paige was an early adopter of computer modeling with students and participated in the first Adventures in Modeling workshop given by MIT at the Santa Fe Institute. Later, Paige was part of the team that pioneered bringing Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) to middle school students in northern New Mexico. In this capacity she worked with students in after-school clubs to introduce them to understanding complex systems through the use of agent-based computer models. She worked to expand the project’s curriculum as well as develop and lead the teacher professional development. Paige has also developed two summer workshops for teachers on the topics of “The Origins of Life” and “Networks of Complex Systems”.

Paige is an experienced middle school and high school science teacher from Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Paige has taught science in various parts of New Mexico as well as in Guadalajara, Mexico and most recently Bangkok, Thailand. She has taught a range of sciences (mostly biology) and her current duties include being a technology integration coach and teaching IB Biology at an international school. She is now returning to New Mexico in order to be a part of a new team that will further expand the offerings of computer programming and modeling for students as well as teachers.

Monica Martinez-Archuleta, Secretary

Monica Martinez-Archuleta work as an Community Outreach Specialist for Los Alamos National Laboratory at Los Alamos, NM. 

Monica worked as a participant at University of Virginia Best Practices Institute, Instructional Coach at Espanola Public Schools, and as a teacher at Espanola Public Schools.

Monica attended The University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, The College of Santa Fe, and Northern NM College.

LeAnne C. Salazar Montoya, Tresurer

LeAnne is a native to the Española Valley. She is a graduate of both UNM and NMSU and holds an AA Liberal Arts, a BS in Education, an MA in Educational Leadership and an MS in Education. She is currently earning her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership (Higher Education) with an emphasis in working with communities of low socio-economic status and the many issues related to social justice. As the NRGSC Director, LeAnne oversees the institution’s largest single grant, a collaborative between Northern, SFCC, UNM-Los Alamos and UNM-Taos. The project aims to increase the number of STEM degree awarded to students in the region by creating academic pathways between two-year institutions and Northern. LeAnne brings more than 15 years of experience in K-12 teaching and administration. More recently she served as a K-12 director of federal programs, bilingual education and the special education departments. In addition to her professional accomplishments, LeAnne is married with three children.

Chris Madrid

Christopher Madrid

Chris Madrid is the Director of Economic Development, Rio Arriba County.

David Torres

David Torres, PhD

Dr. David Torres is Chair of the Department of Math & Physical Science at Northern New Mexico College, where he teaches math courses. He earned his PhD in Mathematics from the University of New Mexico in 1996. His research interests include computational fluid dynamics and parallel computer simulations. He has four children and enjoys coaching youth soccer.

Advisory Board
Jennifer Case-Nevarez

Jennifer Case-Nevarez

Jennifer is the Director of New Mexico TechWorks and Community Learning Network.