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Lexi Miles Leads New Teacher Licensure Fast Track Program

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Lexi Miles

September 5, 2019

Las Vegas, N.M – Lexi Miles, a veteran education administrator and teacher in New Mexico, is the new coordinator for the Highlands School of Education Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP).  The program is aimed at getting professionals with bachelor’s degrees or higher into education careers faster.

Details about the fast track teacher licensure program are online at the Highlands School of Education webpage at www.nmhu.edu/fasttrack. The program started in August 2019 with the first cohort of students and a planned graduation date of May 2020. A second cohort begins in January 2020.

“We’re accepting applications now for the next cohort, with a deadline of January 7, 2020,” said Miles, a Highlands alumna who earned her master’s degree in educational leadership in 2001.

The teacher fast track licensure program at Highlands helps build the pipeline of licensed teachers in New Mexico, which has a severe teacher shortage. The program features three tracks, including elementary, secondary and special education.

“Our program provides a solid foundation in the latest education methods and hands-on classroom experience,” Miles said.

Program highlights include a one-year fast track for completion; eight-week sessions; 100 percent online courses that are available 24/7; graduate level courses that can be applied toward a master’s degree; strong collaboration with primary through 12th grade schools and districts; and online seminars to facilitate peer-to-peer interaction.

In addition, participants have the opportunity to be employed as teachers while they are completing the program.

“Highlands School of Education field supervisors mentor teacher candidates on a weekly basis, providing feedback and coaching,” Miles said.

Miles said students in the new teacher certification program will graduate with an alternative teacher certificate, which allows them to apply for a level one teaching license with the New Mexico Public Education Department.

The Higher Learning Commission, New Mexico Public Education Department, and the Highlands Board of Regents all approved the proposal for the program.

Miles began her New Mexico education career as a high school science and physical education teacher in the Santa Fe and Moriarty school districts. She held principal positions in New Mexico schools such as Los Puentes Charter School in Albuquerque, Bernalillo Middle School, and Public Academy for Performing Arts Charter School in Albuquerque. Miles also was an administrator in schools in Colorado and Alaska.

In 2014, Miles established Miles Consulting, a firm that specializes in professional development and support for teachers and administrators.

For more information about the Alternative Teacher Certification Program, contact Miles at donnamiles@nmhu.edu or (505) 891-6902 or Ronnette Ortiz at (505) 891-6932.