LAS VEGAS, N.M.

When Monica Jose started teaching a third grade classroom at Laguna Elementary School last school year, she thought she’d just be substituting for a month. Come May, her school hadn’t found a permanent teacher and she was still working.

The experience sparked by New Mexico’s teacher recruitment and retention issue was a turning point for Jose, a longtime, 47-year-old educational assistant for Pueblo of Laguna Department of Education.



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