Pamela B. Correa – General Manager
- Ms. Correa has her Ed.S. in Educational Administration from the University of New Mexico, a M.A. in Secondary Education and a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico and an A.A. in Early Childhood Education from American River College
- Level 3-B Pre K-12 Administrative License in New Mexico
- K-12 Administrative License in Texa
- Principal – G.W. Carver Academy in Waco, Texas (2004-2012)
- Assistant Principal – O. Henry Middle School in Austin, Texas (2001-2004)
- Assistant Principal – Van Buren Middle School in Albuquerque, N.M. (2000-2001)
- Administrative Assistant – Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School in Albuquerque, New Mexico (1999-2000)
- Science Department Chair/teacher – Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School in Albuquerque, New Mexico (1996-2000)
- Teacher – Washington Middle School in Albuquerque, New Mexico (1995-1996)
- Honors and Professional Activities:
- H.E.B. Excellence on Education Award Finalist (2008-2009)
- Received the Outstanding Secondary Partnership Award (2007-2008)
- Outstanding Principal of the Year (2006-2007)
- President of Region XII: Texas Council of Women School Executives
- Completed ASCD- Curriculum Leadership Academy III
Dan Barbour - Director of Bio-Medical and Science Pathways
- Founder of The ASK Academy Charter School
- Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from California State University Fresno
- Master’s of Science Teaching from New Mexico Tech.
- New Mexico Math Engineering and Science Achievement sponsor
- 1997 Rio Rancho High School Teacher of the Year
- 6 years as SciMatics Academy Head for Rio Rancho High School
- Oversaw the largest student-based research program in New Mexico
- Developed a mentoring program where older student researchers work with younger students as positive role models for science
- Developed an after-school Critical Scientific Inquiry (CSI) clubs at elementary schools
- Believes that educators must continuously encourage their students from a young age and that research is the future of education
- Founder of The ASK Academy Charter School
- Masters in Education; Curriculum & Instruction; M.E. C.I. from Univ. of Phoenix
- BA in mathematics from Texas Tech
- 6 years as a curriculum director and academy head of an unprecedented start-up Engineering and Design Academy
- Math, Engineering, Science Achievement advisor for 4 years
- 2 years a coordinator of New Mexico state wide educational workshops of Inquiry; Creating A New Element workshops
- Founder of the first New Mexico Math/Science Boot Camp for the Rio Grande Consortium school districts K-9.
- Teacher of the year award recipient for Cibola County Schools in 1996
- 12 years as a classroom teacher of mathematics.
- Former business owner, marketing and sales manager
- Currently completing a PhD at the University of New Mexico in Literacy
- Master’s of Arts in Teaching, Christian Brothers University (Memphis, TN); Master’s of Arts in International Affairs, Ohio University (Athens, OH)
- BA in Psychology and Sociology from Bluffton University (Bluffton, OH)
- Teach for America Alumna
- Selected by Governor Richardson to take part in the New Mexico Fellows summer fellowship program, served as a fellow at the New Mexico Higher Education Department
- 5 years teaching experience from 5th grade through graduate students
- My name is Ray Nance. I was born in and grew up in Southeast New Mexico. I graduated from Carlsbad High School. In 1982, I received a B.S. degree in Composite Science from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview and in 1993 an M.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Secondary Science Teaching with emphasis in geology and chemistry. After completing my Bachelor’s degree, I worked as a mud logger/onsite geologist in the Permian basin. In 1984, I went to work at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) as a geotechnician. While there, I also worked as a Startup Engineer and a Planning and Control Analyst. In 1988, I moved to Colorado where I took a position as a production technician with Benson Mineral Group. In 1990, I returned to school to pursue my Master’s degree.
- Upon completion of my Master’s degree, I began teaching for the Hagerman Public Schools. After a couple of years there, I returned to my Alma matter, teaching 7 years at Alta Vista Middle School and 8 years at Carlsbad High School. Over the years at CHS, I have helped a number of students conduct meaningful research. Over the last several years, I have had eight students chosen to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. During my time teaching, my most recent significant recognitions were receiving BP’s A+ for Energy Grant in 2009, and being named a member of the first class of Fellows of the Society for Science and the Public in 2009.
- When I’m not teaching, I can be found next to a stream camping, hiking, or mountain biking or in the stream flyfishing. Or, I might be in a lake or the ocean scuba diving. Or, I might be hanging out at a local jam session playing jazz on one of my ‘naked ladies’ (vintage saxophones produced by the Conn company). Or, if it’s winter, I might be out snow shoeing or canyon hiking on the Colorado Plateau……Or…who knows…..
- Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Mills College
- Master of Arts degree in Special Education (gifted and severe emotional/behavioral disorders) from the University of New Mexico
- Doctoral Candidate in Special Education with a minor in Educational Psychology at the University of New Mexico
- Three years at the Public Academy for Performing Arts as Academic Dean, Special Education Teacher, and General Education Teacher in AP Literature and Composition, AP Language and Composition, Senior Seminar, Earth Science, Algebra, Consumer Math, and Math Fundamentals
- Ten years teaching gifted education at Rio Rancho High School including Pathways to College, Advanced Research Techniques, Learning Strategies, and Pathfinders
- Eight years teaching graduate level teacher education classes at the University of New Mexico and the College of Santa Fe
- Two years at Central New Mexico Community College teaching College Success Experience and facilitating Financial Literacy courses
- Mentored two projects to the international level of the Intel Science and Engineering Fair
- Mentored three projects to the national level of the Junior Science and Humanities competition
- Mentored two projects to the semi-final competition of Siemens Westinghouse Competition
- Mentored one project to the national level of the Stockholm Water Competition
Vicki Gonzalez – Registrar & Achievement Coach
- Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Psychology from Western New Mexico University
- Master’s degree in Counseling from Western New Mexico University
- Further study in Counseling from University of Nevada-Las Vegas
- 17 years as a High School Counselor with a major focus on College/Career Counseling
- Developed Career Pathways and brochures for these pathways at a former high school
- 2 years teaching Academic & Life Skills/College Success at community college level
- Sponsored TRUCHA (Teens Rising United Choosing Healthy Attitudes) student organization
- Bilingual – English & Spanish (some sign language)
- Karen Pierce grew up in a suburb of Houston, and attended a magnet program at her local high school with a focus on science and technology. She then attended Austin College (not actually located in Austin) where she majored in biology and then earned a master’s degree in education. She also completed graduate level courses in evolutionary biology, ecosystem ecology, and taxonomy. She prefers ‘field’ research and spent months in the fields of North Texas looking at different factors that affect tall grass prairie restoration. After helping with several controlled burns Karen felt that she was ready to follow her husband to New Mexico.
- Karen Pierce began her teaching career at Rio Rancho High School, and then moved to Cleveland High School when it opened. She taught all levels of chemistry, introductory biology, pre-AP physics, and zoology during her time at RRPS. She was also very involved in research EXPO (attending ISEF and ISWEEP with students), JSHS, and Science Olympiad.
- When not at school, Karen Pierce likes to spend as much time as possible Scuba diving. When unable to Scuba dive she suffices herself with hiking with her dogs, going to the zoo, cooking (or watching other people cook for her), and lesson planning (which makes her obsessive-compulsive side very happy).
Ms. Dove has been in district level education administration for the past twenty years. She came to New Mexico to oversee the charter schools for APS and has since assisted several charter schools with development, facility and strategic planning for long-term growth. She joined the ASK Academy in February 2010, prior to opening, to secure a facility and assist with school administration. She founded The ASK Academy Education Foundation in 2011. She has been appointed to the State Leaders Council for NM Charter Schools and is on the board of another charter school. Prior to coming to New Mexico in 2006, she founded the Volunteer Connection, a tutoring/mentoring organization in Minnesota serving over 5,600 at-risk youth. She holds a BA from Hamline University and a MPA from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota with concentrations in Public and Nonprofit Leadership & Management and Social Policy. She is also a licensed New Mexico real estate broker. Connie is very proud to be a part of the Academy, and delights in her two children and four grandchildren.
Teresa Mondragon – Project Manager – Mathematics
- Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from University of New Mexico
- Masters of Science Teaching from New Mexico Tech
- New Mexico Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement sponsor
- New Mexico Science Olympiad Coach
- 2005 Rio Rancho High School Teacher of the Year
- 13 years teaching Mathematics at Bernalillo High School
- 12 years teaching Mathematics at Rio Rancho High School
- 8 years tutoring all levels of Mathematics at Sylvan Learning Center
- Developed an ACT Mathematics Student Guide and an Accuplacer Mathematics Student Guide
- Current business owner, the only mobile nail spa offered in New Mexico, Mobile Nails
David Osmond – Project Manager – BioMedical Sciences
Dr. Osmond was born in Oregon but grew up across the country in the humid state of Georgia. When in kindergarden he realized his favorite part of the week was Saturday. Until attending Emmanuel College, Dr. O really did not like schools, of any type. In college he realized that every individual has the ability to create new knowledge or to apply old knowledge in new ways. While working on a general studies degree, he fell in love with biological sciences. After getting a B.S. degree in biology, he attended the Medical College of Georgia (now Georgia Health Sciences University), where he began the long process of completing a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences with a focus on Physiology.
In graduate school, Dr. O quickly learned surgical procedures for the investigation of mammalian circulatory function. Also, while in graduate school he met a beautiful woman, Jessica, whom he decided it best to marry, a.s.a.p. Together they have had many adventures while Dr. O tried to teach and do biomedical research at the same time.
After David and Jessica completed graduate school, the Drs. O moved to Albuquerque to work at the University of New Mexico in the department of Cell Biology and Physiology. While working at UNM, with much consideration, Dr. O decided to find full-time teaching opportunities. This lead him to pursuing a high school science teacher certification and employment at the ASK Academy.
When he is not teaching, he can usually be found with his family enjoying the sunshine, or locked up like a hermit in his garage tinkering with a new project.
Vanessa Barela – Project Manager – Mathematics/Engineering
- I graduated in 2008 with degrees in Environmental Engineering and Basic Sciences from New Mexico Tech (NMT).
- I have worked with Upward Bound Math and Science for two years at NMT.
- In 2010 I received my Alternative Teaching License for Mathematics, Science, and Technology.
- In 2011, I started my Master’s degree in Science for Teachers with a focus in Geology. My graduation date will be Fall 2012.
- I have worked as a substitute teacher for Socorro Consolidated Schools from 2008-2011.In college I worked as the Student Activities Director and was heavily involved in student government and activities.
- I have two dogs, enjoy hiking with them, backpacking, rock climbing, and many outdoor activities.
- I enjoy both mathematics and science with a passion and believe that students have the ability to learn. I hope to bring mathematics to life for your students and look forward to working with them.
Brennan Divett – Project Manger – Spanish and World History
- Rio Rancho native, graduated from Rio Rancho High School.
- Received a BA in Secondary Education-Spanish from the University of New Mexico with minors in TESOL and Social Studies.
- Worked with UNM TeacherCorps at after school and community programs while student teaching.
- Enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing the drums, listening to music, traveling, mountain biking and playing racquetball.
Edward Garcia – Project Manager – Social Studies, AP History
- Bachelors Degree: Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY) Class of 2002.
- Teacher Certification Program: Central New Mexico University (CNM) Class of 2011
- Level 1 6-12 Secondary Education License: Social Studies
- The ASK Academy: Social Studies Project Manager (NM History, Geography, World History, US History, AP US History, Macro Economics, AP Macro Economics) 2010-Present
- Wells Fargo Bank: Retail and Small Business Banking (2006-2010)
- Best Buy: Retail Sales (2003-2006)
- Social Studies Certification: Advanced Placement College Board (2011)
Jessica Del Curto- Project Manager – English
-National Association of Hispanic Publications Jose Martí Award, Second Place for Best Hispanic Success Story, 2008
-National Association of Hispanic Publications Jose Martí Award, Second Place Best Health Section, 2008
-Honored by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White for excellence in Hispanic Media coverage.
-New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors First Place for Business Writing, 2006.
Amanda Lovato – Project Manager – Middle School SciMatics Manager
- Currently completing Master’s degree at New Mexico Tech in Science
- Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from New Mexico State University.
- NBCT Candidate
- 6 years teaching experience from middle school – high school students in science and math
- Prior to teaching worked in government and private Public Health
- When not teaching I enjoy anything and everything outdoors and spending time with my family!