Monica McNeely, a middle school ESL, Science Special Education teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has taught for the past 25 years. She received a B.A. from Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado and obtained her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of New Mexico.
Her vast field of expertise consists mainly of working with underprivileged student populations, such as EEL and Science ESL Special Education. She works with students in their acquisition of English as a second language. In her role she supports the students by focusing on best practices, specifically in the content area of science. Her experiences working with teachers in Language and Cultural Equity with APS as a district resource teacher have awarded her expertise in Language acquisition. She has been responsible for the most economically challenged schools in the city of Albuquerque, helping teachers develop their skills in language instruction. She has, and still mentors many teachers during her free time. One of the aspects of her career which makes her most proud is that many of her former students have gone on to become college graduates.