New Mexico Division Representatives
Division Directors represent and advocate the issues and concerns of their specific division level as they pertain to art education in New Mexico. They are a point of contact for the New Mexico art educators specific to their division statewide, regardless of membership.
Jill Dooner, High School Division Representative
Art Educator, Explore Academy, Albuquerque
Jill Dooner is a Level III Visual Arts teacher at Explore Academy Charter School. While working as a pastry chef with an undergraduate degree in art, she decided to go back to school for licensure to teach art, ultimately earning an MA Ed from the University of New Mexico. After spending nine years in the Rio Rancho school district, she chose to become part of of a fledgling charter school. Collaborating with eleven colleagues to create a school from a concept is a career highlight. Still at the school which is now in its fifth year, Jill serves as the department head for electives, and teaches classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and mixed media.
Gig Yu, Higher Education Division Representative
Assistant Professor of Art Education, UNM
Nancy Brady, Retired Division Representative
Retired Art Educator, Albuquerque
A teaching artist with 31 years of experience, Judy has taught in the private and New Mexico public school settings. As a retired Judy Miller has stayed active in the art education world, teaching high school students at Aldo Leopold Charter School in Silver City. She involves her students in their community through Mural Programs, creating multiple murals in the city.
“As an art educator, Ms. Miller made her lessons not only fun for the students, but relative to their lives and experiences as well. When the elementary arts program ended at GW Stout Elementary School in Silver city, she continued to teach for five more years,” demonstrating her dedication to the students.
As a professional, Judy took full advantage of every opportunity offered to help her deliver the highest quality Visual Art experiences for her students and support learning across the curriculum. She participated in many programs such as the NMPED Arts Immersion, Professional Development for Art Educators at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, a 12 year partnership on Arts Integration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, to name a few.
“It is because of a love of art and a strong belief that art plays a large role in the cognitive development of young children that I did this for so long. I know that it works. My hope is that my students will carry a love of art with them, a curiosity and caring for the world around them, and the encouragement to try new things and explore. They are our future. I have done the best I can do, and given the best to my students. Always.”
Kemely Gomez, Museum Division Representative
Museum Educator, Museum of International Folk Art
Kemely Gomez is an artist and museum educator, currently working at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa, NM. Gomez was born in Guatemala and moved to the United States at the age of twelve. She received her BFA in Studio Arts from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, NM. Gomez’s studio practice focuses on themes of memory, absence, and displacement. As the bilingual educator she is dedicated to expanding access to museum education and empowering individuals and communities through art.
Contact Kemey at email@example.com
Pam Elam, Middle School Division Representative
OPEN, Pre-Service Division Representative
OPEN, Admin/Supervisor Division Representative