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Community Education

Our Instructors

Alex George 

Alex has two degrees from NM Tech, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and in Electrical Engineering.  He has taught our Taijutsu courses on and off for 3 years now. Alex has a 1st degree Black Belt in Taijutsu.

Bill Stone

Dr. Stone is a Mathematics professor at NMT, but has shared his knowledge of wine since 2007, teaching Zymurgy (wine tasting) to thirsty Techies for 8 years now.

Brad Hoffman

Bradley holds a Masters in Psychology Counseling from Dominican University, and a BA in Political Science from Swarthmore College. He currently coaches Basketball at Swarthmore, Dominican, and the University of California at Davis.

Caleb Jaquish

Caleb is one of the top 20 USCF chess players in the state of New Mexico. He enjoys teaching chess, competing in tournaments, and playing. He has taught chess in Albuquerque since 2008 and heads the NMT Chess Club.

Carrie Marsyla

Carrie has an MBA w/a minor in Accounting and she also has been a certified instructor in a variety of fitness areas since 1989. She has served as a personal trainer and has taught Yoga, Pilates, Prenatal and Aerobic fitness. She has also trained in fitness instruction with the Arthritis Foundation.

Cynthia Villyard

Cynthia has a Masters in Fine Arts in Dance and Related Arts and teaches our Fencing courses. Besides teaching Fencing at Tech, Cynthia also instructs children and adults in the greater Albuquerque area.  She received the National Bronze Award in the Veteran 40-49 Women's Saber at the US Summer National Championships in 2012.

Dug Corpolongo

Sifu Dug Corpolongo has been practicing Martial Arts since 1979 and teaching Martial Arts since 1989.  He has acquired many awards, appointments, memberships and certifications during his lengthy career. Presently, he teaches in Albuquerque, Los Lunas and in Socorro.

Dona Nowicki

Dona Nowicki has a degree in Nursing and has been a professional glass artist for over twenty years, continually attending and leading classes, workshops, and seminars; including numerous years working with Elderhostel groups, New Mexico Tech, and recently the prestigious Ghost Ranch Center. Being an active volunteer in her community, she offers her skills at many cultural events. Her work is featured at Alamo Gallery in Socorro and other venues.

Ernesto Norte

Ernesto is a member of the Colorado Wood Carvers Club and Pike Peaks Whittlers Club.  He has taken numerous advanced carving classes and has been carving for over 17 years.  He is proficient in all phases of carving and has won numerous awards in relief and carving in the round.  This includes bears, fish and various birds.

Gaby Benalil

Gaby Benalil has a Masters in Music from UNM in Vocal Performance and has participated in many performances like "Larina" in Eugene by Tchaikowsky. She has played the cello for the Chamber Orchestra here at New Mexico Tech.

Georgia Raymond

Georgia found a love of art in the museums she visited in her childhood. She is not limited to any form of art, but prefers to use many different methods and styles for her paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. She has taught many of the arts including piano, dance, sculpture, and ceramics. She learns from her students as well as teaching them skills of the various arts.

Glenn Gray

Glenn has been bringing two-stepping to Tech for a number of years.  Glen and his wife have been dancing for years and they enjoy teaching Techies the enjoyment of Country Western Dance.

Jenny Blomquist

Jenny has a Bachelor's in Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from UNM and is currently working towards a Master of Fine Arts degree. She completed a teaching/painting apprenticeship under Midge Grace and has worked as a painting instructor at New Mexico Tech since 2006. Jenny's work sells around New Mexico and she accepts commission work, as well.

Jim McLemore

Jim is the head of the NMT Shooting Club and has coached scores of students for over 12 years. The club meets Monday evenings in Gym 1.

Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson, MS Physics, New Mexico Tech. Julie took up belly dancing as a hobby in 1977 and has been performing, directing and teaching it for the last 45 years. She has been the choreographer and director of the Et Alia Mideastern Dance Troupe since 1979. She has been teaching belly dance at New Mexico Tech since 1986. She is the adviser for Aditi Natesa, the belly dance club at New Mexico Tech.

Kim Padilla

Kim has been an aerobics instructor for 20+ years, and has been certified for Spinning since 2010. She also taught Aerobics for Tech and enjoys biking in her spare time.  She teaches the regular Spinning course and the Early Morning Spinning at 6:30am.

Leslie Johnson

Dr. Johnson is a local physician here in Socorro receiving her MD from the University of New Mexico.  She teaches the Ceramics and Handbuilding courses.  Leslie has shown her works at the Festival of the Cranes and at the Alamo Gallery.

Leo Gabaldon

A talented graphic artist, scientific illustrator, and cartographer, Leo brings a range of drawing skills to his classes. His 30 years of experience in drafting and drawing fields is an asset to his students.

Liz Gipson

With an educational background in wool science, fiber arts and community development, yarncraft has occupied much of Liz's professional life. She is the author of Weaving Made Easy, and the former managing editor of Spin Off and Handwoven magazines. She has made appearances on PBS, DIY and HGTV networks.

Maggie Griffin

Maggie has a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition and teaches in the CLASS department.  Maggie earned her first certifications in 2008, and has added hundreds of hours since then. Maggie is skilled in Hatha Yoga and Pranakriya. In addition to teaching at Tech, she has taught Yoga for Socorro Mental Health, Socorro Senior Citizens Center, and Yoga del Sol. 

Marisa Wolfe

Marisa Wolfe has a Bachelor's degree in Rural Development and is an E-RYT Kripalu Yoga Teacher and owner of Yoga del Sol Studio in Central New Mexico, where she teaches a diverse roster of classes and offers bodywork as a licensed massage therapist and certified Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner.

Melissa Begay

Melissa has a Master degree in Health and Wellness from HIghlands University and has taught Physical Recreation courses  since 2000, Melissa has completed literally hundreds of hours of Yoga training. She is also certified in Spinning and Kickbox Aerobics. Melissa is a certified consultant on Exercise, Lifestyle & Weight Management.

Michael Heagy

A chemist by trade, Dr. Heagy is a professor in the Chemistry Department at NM Tech and is also a bagpipes enthusiast. In addition to his chemistry accolades, he holds a diploma from the U.S. School of Piping & Drumming. 

Natasha Isenhour

Natasha has a Bachelor's degree in Geology and is a well-known New Mexico artist and instructor. Her collectors span the glove from across the US to Paris to Dubai. Her work has been exhibited internationally in London, the Czech Republic, and Florence, Italy. Locally her work has been shown in numerous galleries around the state. Natasha is a member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, and a writer/member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico.

Olivia Lopez

Olivia is a certified Zumba instructor. She has taught Fitness and Zumba within the city of Socorro, as well as at Tech for 2 years now. 

Quevin Redding

Coach Q as he is known through the halls of Socorro High School received his Master's degree in Sports Administration from New Mexico Highlands.  He teaches the Weightlifting courses at NM Tech and coaches the Socorro Warrior Football team.

Ramona Montoya

Ramona's painting are seen all over Socorro, including Wal-Mart, K-Bob's, Sophia's, Sonic, and other locations. Ramona has taught Acrylics at NMT since 2008.

Rick Arthur

A 25 year veteran of commercial graphics and cartooning, Rick brings a wealth of knowledge & experience to NMT. His work ranges from Batman to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He is also a graduate of The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art.

Ruby Mendez-Harris

Ruby is a Licensed Professional Certified Counselor and works at the Counseling and Disabilities office at NM Tech. Ruby has taught for Stained Glass and Mosaics at NMT since 1999, bringing the beauty of stained glass and glass mosaics to hundreds of students over the years. Ruby is also one of the few people to have a planet named after her, Rubidia.

Russell Moore

Russ is a PGA A-1 golf professional and has been certified by the PGA since 1982. He has taught golf at NMT since 1982, as well. Russ has been the Director of Golf Operations at Tech since 2000, and was also the Head Coach for the Socorro High School Boys Golf Team for five years.Russ has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Highlands University.

Sabino Grijalva

Sabino has been a PGA golf professional since 2004. He has taught golf in the Socorro area to both college and high school students. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western New Mexico University.

Scott Roberts

An active climber since 1991, Scott is an Eagle Scout with bronze, silver, and gold. He has been an Instructor of Wilderness Survival, Orienteering, and Backpacking, and has served as a rock climbing guide. He is the most prominent and active route developer and area steward in the local Socorro climbing community. Scott has served as a climbing instructor, co-instructor or substitute instructor at Tech for a number of years.

Scott Teare

Scott Teare is a professor of Electrical Engineering at New Mexico Tech. He has several martial arts since 1972. Scott is a 3rd degree black belt in Karate-do through the Shindokan Karate Dojo.

Theresa Boracci

Theresa has a Bachelor of Science degree from NM Tech.She has been an art instructor at Tech since 1996. A master of metal arts and jewelry making, she shows her work at various venues around New Mexico. She is certified in Precious Metal Clay, and is a specialist in armor making for the medieval enthusiast.

Tony Perreault

Tony has a Bachelor in Science from NM Tech and is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals since 2007, Tony is also a veteran of numerous digital photography workshops. His photography is shown around New Mexico, including the Festival of Cranes.

Victoria (Tori) Murillo

Tori is certified to teach Zumba Basics I, and II plus Zumba Step Aerobics.  She has been teaching since 2008 and also gives advice and recommendations about nutrition, diet and lifestyle.