Three Rivers Education Foundation

The Three Rivers Teacher Quality Partnership is recruiting individuals with a bachelor’s degree who have never served as a teacher of record.   Participants work alongside a mentor teacher in a one-year residency while they earn a master’s degree in education and complete the licensure requirements. 

The program aims to fill math, science or special education teacher positions.

Those selected for the program will receive a one-year living-wage stipend of $55,000 to pay for expenses while enrolled in the online master’s degree program at a participating university.

About 40 percent of the residency will be dedicated to the online coursework, and 60 percent will be spent in a classroom with a teacher-mentor.

After completing their master’s degree program, participants must commit to teaching at least three years at a qualifying school that meets eligibility criteria (high poverty, free/reduced lunch, etc.)

Participants will receive support from coaches throughout the residency and throughout the three-year teaching commitment. 

Additional information on the Three Rivers Teacher Quality Partnership can be found at


Rick Jones, Regional Coordinator at 575.447.0169 or

Bobbie Zemanek-White, Program Director at 505.486.4874 or


Joy:  Joy completed her residency at a New Mexico high school and is now in her 2nd year of teaching special education.

Matt teaches science and math at a school in northern New Mexico.  He is in his 3rd year of teaching.
Annette is finishing her master’s degree and is teaching at an elementary in northern New Mexico.  She is in her 2nd year of teaching early childhood special education.
Lyndsey graduated in December and is teaching special education at a middle school in southern Colorado.

Joseph teaches special education at an elementary school in northern New Mexico.
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