Having returned from teaching in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Eppie Lopez is currently in his home state of New Mexico teaching with Albuquerque Public Schools. Lopez was awarded Teacher of the Year in Durango, Co., inducted into the Who is Who of American Teachers, and awarded the Ray Romer Teaching Fellowship from the University of Southern California. Lopez’ continuous dedication to public service has inspired the development of R.I.S.E Curriculum. R.I.S.E is an acronym for Resilience, Inspiration, Self-Efficacy, and Empowerment.
Jessica Luevano shares a vision of resilience in the community for our youth and life in general. Jessica has a BA in Sociology an AA in Education and is currently working with Social Emotional Support throughout Albuquerque Public Schools. She states, "Its clear we need to build our children's emotional well being by providing them the tools they need to adapt and cope with today's ever challenging world".