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The Albuquerque Teacher Residency Partnership


The College of Education & Human Sciences at the University of New Mexico (UNM), the Albuquerque Public  School District (APS) and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation (ATF) have a long history of collaboration focusing on improving education for students. The on-going goal of all three organizations has been to ensure all students have equal access to high-quality teachers. UNM, APS, and ATF developed and implemented a residency pathway, the Albuquerque Teacher Residency Partnership (ATRP), to improve the preparation and retention of effective, diverse teachers for high-need schools. Elementary and Secondary Teacher Residents work with and receive intensive mentoring from APS Master Teachers for a full academic year.

In addition, Teacher Residents may complete their Master's coursework through the UNM College of Education & Human Sciences. All ATRP Residents receive an annual stipend to support their studies.


Mission & Vision

The mission of the Albuquerque Teacher Residency Partnership is to recruit, prepare and retain what every student deserves: A competent, caring, and qualified teacher.

ATRP integrates rigorous academic coursework and theory with ongoing clinical experiences so that aspiring teachers are well prepared to inspire students, empower learning, and work within diverse communities. ATRP guides transformative teaching and learning experiences, shapes teacher practice, affirms the cultural identities of both teachers and students, and works to build a more just society.

Our Partnership

UNM oversees the implementation of the program and facilitates program instruction. APS facilitates the placement of Residents in Title I, ABC Community School classrooms. ATF provides Resident and Master Teacher professional development opportunities. All partners work in conjunction with the APS Board of Education and the UNM College of Education & Human Sciences.


Living stipend

All ATRP Residents receive a stipend of approximately $15,000. These funds can be used for living expenses or to cover tuition costs.

Option One

Tuition and Fees for 24 credits (Licensure): Approximately $8,500

Option Two

Tuition and Fees for 32-33 credits (Licensure + Master's degree): Approximately $10,000

Testing Fees

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Other Fees

$50 - MA Program Application fee (one-time)
$125 - TK20 Data Software Fee (one-time)
$5 Field Placement Fee (each semester)
$15 Technology Fee (each semester)

Guaranteed Teaching Job with APS

Each ATRP Resident who successfully completes the program and receives positive recommendations from school personnel, is guaranteed a job as a Level I teacher in the Albuquerque Public Schools.

Level I teachers start at $41,000 per ten-month year with full benefits.

Teaching with ATRP

Residents start teaching right away 

Following a series of summer classes, ATRP Residents begin working in their assigned residency schools, paired with Master Teachers, on the first day of the fall semester for Albuquerque Public Schools.


ATRP Coursework


  • EDUC 552: Teaching Reading to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students I
  • EDUC 453: Teaching Science K-8
  • EDUC 421: Teaching Social Studies K-8
  • EDUC 531: Teaching Reading to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students II
  • EDUC 461: Teaching Math K-8
  • EDUC 581: Initial Field Experience Seminar
  • EDUC 594: Initial Field Experience
  • EDUC 595: Advanced Field Experience
  • EDUC 582: K-8 Field Experience Seminar
  • SPCD 589: Teaching Exceptional Children in General Education


  • EDUC 552: Social Justice in Education
  • EDUC 438: Reading and Writing in the Content Area
  • MSET or LLSS: Secondary Methods in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts or Global Languages
  • EDUC 362: Teaching Experience I (Seminar)
  • EDUC 595: Advanced Field Experience
  • SPCD 589: Teaching Exceptional Children in General Education

Master's Degree

In addition to the coursework above, MA students complete:

  • EDUC 542: Principles of Curriculum Development
  • EDUC 513: The Process of Reflection and Inquiry
  • EDUC 590: Seminar

Meet the Team

Albuquerque Public Schools (APS)

Valerie Hoose

Valerie Hoose

Human Resources

Valerie Hoose is the Executive Director of Labor Relations and Staffing for the Albuquerque Public Schools and Lead Negotiator for six bargaining units and two associations. Prior to this position, Mrs. Hoose was a site level administrator. She taught high school Science and English for many years. Mrs. Hoose worked in the private sector in customer service. Mrs. Hoose is currently pursuing her EdD in Teacher Leadership and holds a MA in Administration in Supervision. Her BS is in Biology.

Albuquerque Teachers Federation (ATF)

Dr. Ellen Bernstein

Dr. Ellen Bernstein

ATF President

Dr. Ellen Bernstein, President of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation, was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She attended the University of New Mexico, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, a Master’s in Special Education, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Ellen began her career in public education as a sign language interpreter, prior to becoming a classroom teacher, and taught in the Albuquerque Public Schools for a total of seventeen years. Ellen achieved National Board Certification in 1997 and renewed her certificate in 2007.


The University of New Mexico (UNM)

Dr. Marjori Krebs

Dr. Marjori Krebs

Faculty - ATRP Coordinator

Dr. Marjori Krebs is Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of New Mexico, having held this position since 2007. Previous to her higher education work, she served as a district administrator and taught high school social studies for 14 years. Dr. Krebs obtained her doctorate in Leadership Studies from Bowling Green State University, her Master’s in Educational Theory and Practice from The Ohio State University, and her BA from the University of Oklahoma in History with an Emphasis in Secondary Education.

Dr. Jenn Gutierrez

Dr. Jenn Gutierrez


Jenn Gutiérrez is a Lecturer III in UNM’s Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy Department. In addition, Jenn is also involved in various national educational communities and projects such as the American Association of Teaching & Curriculum where she serves as an Executive Council member; IMPACTcommunity where she served as an Ambassador; DXtera Institute, serving as an Education and Technology Consultant; and Tales from the Classroom where she serves on the Editorial Advisory Board. Jenn earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver and brings twenty years of experience teaching in secondary and post secondary education.

Dr. Allison Stansbury

Dr. Allison Stansbury

ATRP Program Manager

Dr. Allison Stansbury is the ATRP Program Manager and visiting Lecturer III in UNM’s Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy Department. She is the point of contact for all interested, current, and past ATRP Cohort Residents as well as the Teaching Math K-8 instructor. She is a native of Milwaukee, WI. She earned her BA in English Literature and obtained her teaching license at Marquette University. She completed her Master’s studies in Instructional Leadership from UNM and earned her doctorate in Multicultural Teaching and Elementary Education. Allison holds a Level III Teaching License and has taught in various grades and capacities for eight years.

Mary Hooper

Mary Hooper

UNM Coordinator - Educational Support

Mary Hooper is a staff member in Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy Department. She serves as Coordinator, Educational support for students, COEHS Scholarship Administrator, and Administrative Coordinator for ATRP are her primary responsibilities. She earned her BS in Community Health Education at Eastern Illinois University and her MS in Community Health Education at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.

Application Timeline

  1. Apply: Submit your application by JANUARY 15, 2021, for best consideration. Applicants will be pre-screened and notified of initial selection.
  2. Save the Date: You will be notified of your interview date and time by email.
  3. Notification: Applicants will be notified of Acceptance by March 31st, 2021.
  4. Testing, Background Check, and UNM Graduate School Application: Applicants take the PRAXIS, complete a background check through APS, and apply to UNM Graduate School.
  5. Final Acceptance: Applicants will submit their test scores and background check documentation.
  6. Residency Begins: ATRP Residents, Cohort IV, begin classes in June 2021.

Become an ATRP Teacher Candidate

The Cohort 3 submission block is closed.  Cohort 4 will begin accepting applications October 2020.

You will need:

  1. Transcripts: Obtain all transcripts from your undergraduate and any graduate studies. Note: If you are accepted into ATRP you will need your official transcripts in order to complete your UNM Graduate School Application.
  2. Letter of Interest: Write your letter of interest explaining why you are interested in becoming a teacher and why the residency program would be a good fit for you. Your letter should be about 500-750 words, double spaced, and can be submitted as a Word Document or PDF.
  3. Resume/ CV: Prepare your resume, highlighting any experiences working with children, youth, and/or diverse communities.
  4. Pass Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators and Praxis Subject Assessments: Learn about core comprehensive assessments @ Register for assessments @
    For best consideration, please pass all assessments prior to interviews which occur in February/March. Any applicants interested in secondary education (7th-12th) must also pass a content area examination. Upload registration date or examination scores in online application.
  5. Online Application: Once you’ve gathered everything, upload your prepared documents.

Residency Application

Apply by January 15th, 2021 for best consideration.

Become a Master Teacher

Master teachers must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply:

  1. Work at a residency partnership school site (Rudolfo Anaya Elementary, Valle Vista Elementary, Emerson Elementary, Polk Middle School, Atrisco Heritage Academcy, Highland High School)
  2. Have experience teaching a diverse student population.
  3. Hold a Level 2 or 3 teaching license through the state of New Mexico.
  4. Have strong communication skills and the ability to provide feedback in a timely, constructive, and consistent manner.
  5. Receive a strong recommendation from your school site administrator.
  6. Model the master teacher selection criteria outlined below:
    1. Organizes the content to learn, applies in-depth content knowledge, aligns content to standards and designs instruction.
    2. Frequently designs, collects, and analyzes formative data to understand and respond to students’ learning.
    3. Builds a positive classroom environment where every student matters and participates.
    4. Creates a welcoming and organized classroom space with consistent expectations for student behavior.
    5. Teaches lessons with high cognitive demand and a consistent focus on building students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills.
    6. Performs in a professional manner and displays high standards of integrity and ethical conduct.
    7. Engages in mutual examination of teaching and learning and seeking feedback to improve practice and can speak openly about strengths and weaknesses.
    8. Recognizes the value of relationships with students, families, and communities to support student learning and demonstrates an active involvement in the school community.
    9. Recognizes students and their families as assets and implements culturally responsive and inclusive practices.
    10. Continuously seeks out new knowledge and skills and commits to sharing learning with residents.

Master Teacher Application

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