Beth Giebus-Chavez, Managing Editor, is a third-year doctoral student in the Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies department at the University of New Mexico. An English and ESOL instructor with over 15 years' classroom teaching experience at the secondary and post-secondary levels, she is an award-winning writer and the editor of several publications, including Voices from the Field: Reading and Writing about the World, Ourselves, and Others (2002). Her current research focuses on critical arts-based inquiry and critical contemplative pedagogy.
Virginia Necochea, Associate Editor, is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education & Educational Leadership Program at the University of New Mexico. She is most interested in better understanding the racial structure, especially how it impacts the educational system. Dr. Necochea is also the proud director of a local nonprofit in the Valle de Atrisco community that focuses on the protection and preservation of traditions connected to land and water. She is raising four beautiful and powerful children – Maya, Quetzal, Tlalli, and Emilio Tlakaelel – who instill hope that transformation is possible.
Ruth Trinidad-Galván, Associate Editor, is a Professor in the Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies department at the University of New Mexico. She is a twice Fulbright Research and Teaching Scholar in Ecuador and Mexico and the author of Women Who Stay Behind: Pedagogies of Survival in Rural Transmigrant Mexico (2015). She is also the co-editor of the Handbook of Latinos and Education, which received the Critics’ Choice Award in 2010 from the American Educational Studies Association. Among her most significant accomplishments she includes raising three remarkable daughters who inspire her every day and being a classroom teacher in inner city Los Angeles.
Rick Meyer, Faculty Advisor, is Regents’ Professor in the Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies department at the University of New Mexico. He has published articles, chapters, and books on literacy and the politics of literacy; he works with children, teachers, and families to consider ways to support learners in becoming active in the democratic process. Rick has just completed a three-year term as chair of UNM’s Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies department and is glad to be engaging with teachers and children again.