Lorynn Guerrero, who will graduate from Eastern New Mexico University in May with a Masters in Educational Administration, has been named New Mexico Teacher of the Year 2022 by the New Mexico Department of Public Education. Mexico for his role as an English teacher at the New America School. in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The Greyhound discussed this incredible honor and their oriental experience with ENMU News.

What does it mean to you to be selected as New Mexico Teacher of the Year?

To be selected as 2022 New Mexico Teacher of the Year is a huge honor. I am delighted to represent teachers this year and to be a voice. I want to draw attention to the work that teachers do in the classroom with their students. I want to share my ideas on personalized education where teachers work with students to help them get their education. Students have obstacles that arise that prevent them from following a “traditional path” that many students take. By working with disenfranchised students, I can see what barriers present themselves and cause students to take different paths to graduate from high school.

Tell us about your career and your goals.

I currently teach high school English / Language Arts at New America School-Las Cruces. It is a state charter school. I started in New America teaching adults. New America had an adult program that would allow adults over the age of 18 to graduate from high school. With some changes in legislation, only adults between the ages of 18 and 22 can graduate from high school. Prior to that, I worked in the Las Cruces Public School District at Organ Mountain High School and the Hatch Valley Public School District. I have been teaching for 15 years. I have worked with students in grades six to twelve.

What prompted you to choose your field of study?

I am studying education administration. As a teacher, I enjoy working with students in the classroom. My father was an educator for over 35 years. I observed him when he was a teacher, assistant principal and then principal. I have always enjoyed being in an educational environment.

What advice would you give to students interested in your field of study?

I would tell students that the field of education is not easy, but working with students is worth it. For me, students make me love my work. Every day we have a good time in class, and all the time the students are learning.

Why did you choose to attend ENMU?

I chose to go to ENMU because I was offered the opportunity to get a TESOL teacher certification (teaching English to speakers of other languages). I attended and got the certification, but then wanted to continue and enroll in the masters program. I liked the people I worked with. Whenever I needed help the staff were always helpful and gave me what I needed or gave me a guide.

lorynn guerrero with children
Lorynn with his children.

Which teachers helped you during your time at Eastern?

In eastern New Mexico I had some really good teachers. I enjoyed working with Dr Patrone. I’ve taken three or four of his classes, and he’s so knowledgeable about education, what’s going on in the field and how it’s constantly evolving. I appreciated that he shared the stories of his educational experiences. I still keep in touch with him even though this last semester I didn’t have him as an instructor.

What was your favorite course at ENMU?

My favorite class so far is my Education 597 class. This is my Education Administration class. I had to do an internship under the direction of my school principal. I was able to follow her and I participated in many activities in our school. I got to see a lot of what’s going on in the front office that helps the school run.

What aspects of the Greyhound job do you enjoy the most?

I really like the accessibility to my teachers. I like that the University informs all students of the events by email and on social media. The website is easy to use, and if I ever have any questions I call HelpDesk, and someone is always there to help in a friendly tone.

Are you working on research or academic projects, such as conferences?

I have several upcoming events.

I will be attending a state teachers’ conference. I will meet the other state teachers of the year. There are 56 public teachers. The American territories have teachers they appoint, and the Department of Defense also has a teacher they choose. I will be traveling to Washington, DC to meet with the President and the First Lady. I will also be attending Space Camp, where I will get my own spacesuit. These are major events in which I will participate. In addition, any conferences or meetings in the state that I want to attend.

During the legislation in Santa Fe, I will be there to talk about education issues in New Mexico.

Tell us about your family and your background.

I have always lived in New Mexico. I am from Las Cruces. I graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1999 and New Mexico State University in 2005. I am thrilled to be attending ENMU and look forward to getting my masters degree.

I have two children. My youngest son, Jarod, is in his last year at Las Cruces High School; he is a varsity wrestler and heavyweight. My oldest son, Jalen, is attending Fresno State on a graduate transfer on a football scholarship. He will obtain his master’s degree in curriculum and teaching.

My parents are my biggest support. They encourage me to achieve my goals and support me and my children in our education.

What are your hobbies?

I like to craft, sew and read.

Lorynn with his colleagues at the New America School.
lorynn guerrero with colleagues