New Mexico teachers have been named to Curriculum Associates’ 2023 Class of Extraordinary Educators™

Laura Bryant the central elementary school in Las Cruces and Rita Chavira from Desert View Elementary School in Sonnenland Park receive national recognition for their world-class teaching and use of educational programs

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., January 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Curriculum Associates has named Laura Bryant the central elementary school in Las Cruces, NM and Rita Chavira from Desert View Elementary School in Sunland Park, NM to the 2023 Class of Extraordinary Educators, an annual program that celebrates and connects exemplary K-8 teachers from across the country. Chosen from hundreds of nominations, Bryant and Chavira are among 30 educators from 22 states selected for their world-class use of i-Ready®, i-Ready Classroom Mathematicsand or Ready®who illustrate growth and achievement through formal assessments, demonstrate innovation and student engagement practices, are evangelists of high expectations and student achievement, advocate for justice, and have taught for at least two years.

“Teachers are true rock stars,” he said Emily McCann, vice president of the educator community at Curriculum Associates. “This year’s Extraordinary Educators are no exception – chosen from hundreds of nominations, they represent the cream of the crop. We are pleased to recognize and celebrate Laura and Rita for their amazing work in the classroom and look forward to providing them with ongoing professional training, learning and networking opportunities to help them continue to develop their craft.”

With nearly 340 years of combined teaching experience, this year’s Class of Associate Educators includes classroom teachers, special education teachers and instructional specialists. All educators were eventually selected by an advisory board that included executives from Curriculum Associates, previously deployed associate educators, and a college student pursuing a degree in urban education.

The associate educators continue to have access to a network of peers from across the country to collaborate, network, and learn from them year-round, as well as access to professional development opportunities from Curriculum Associates. You will also be invited to attend and present at the Extraordinary Educators Leadership Summit and other professional learning events.

“I am very excited to be named Educator Extraordinary because I love to learn! I’m ready is a very different math curriculum than what I’ve seen in the past. We’re in our third year of implementation and it’s given me an opportunity to test what I know in math and challenge what I don’t,” said Bryant. “As an exceptional educator, I look forward to networking with fellow educators and all the real-world professional development opportunities. I’m always looking for different ways of thinking, breaking with old patterns and learning from others.”

“It is humbling to have been selected from so many admirable candidates as an outstanding educator. It’s really an honour,” said Chavira. “I look forward to working with other teachers and building a positive relationship with them.”

This is the fourth year of the Outstanding Educator Program. This year’s class joins 110 other educators from across the country to receive this recognition.

Today, Curriculum Associates programs are used in one-third of schools New Mexico.

To learn more about Curriculum Associates and the 2023 Extraordinary Educators, visit

About Curriculum Associates

Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC develops research-based print and online courseware, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and excellent customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources they need to teach diverse groups of students and promote learning for all students.


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