Teaching and Learning

The Division of Teaching, Learning, Leadership and Research (TLLR) is responsible for all instructional programs of the Las Cruces Public Schools, including summer school. TLLR also supports various programs to develop and improve teaching and learning in the district.

The Deputy Superintendent of Teaching, Learning & Research is responsible for the general administration and supervision of this division and is directly responsible to the Superintendent.

In collaboration with teachers and building administrators, TLLR has general responsibility for the instructional material adoption process, revision of instructional guides, approval of all courses offered for credit, and staff professional development related to teaching and learning.

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Dr. Wendi Miller-Tomlinson

Dr. Wendi Miller Tomlinson

Deputy Superintendent

Division of Teaching, Learning, Leadership, and Research

Dr. Miller-Tomlinson has been working in education since 1991. Her favorite part of the job is graduation, both kindergarten and high school, where students are celebrating an achievement and embarking on the next step in their journey. Dr. Miller-Tomlinson is an avid learner, earning degrees from Rice University and NMSU, including a B.A., an M.A., an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. She is the proud parent of 2 LCPS students.

Leanne Garcia

Michelle Ronga

Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

Associate Directors of Teaching and Learning

Stephanie Hofacket

Stephanie Hofacket

Associate Director of Teaching and Learning
K-12 Science

Stephanie began her career in education with LCPS in 2004 after earning a B.S. in Special Education and Elementary Education from NMSU. She also earned an M.A. from NMSU, an Educational Leadership License from Western New Mexico University, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at NMSU. She loves to hear the excitement of students as they work together during missions at the Challenger Learning Center of Las Cruces. Stephanie is a proud mom and can be found cheering on her 2 children in soccer, basketball, and track in her off time.

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Lisa Hufstedler

Lisa Hufstedler

Associate Director of Teaching and Learning
K-12 Mathematics

Lisa began her educational career in 2005. She is a proud NMSU Aggie Alumni, earning degrees in a BS in Secondary Education, a BS in Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics. Lisa's favorite part of the job is that "light-bulb" moment. Whether it be with students, teachers, or administrators, that "AHA" is the best feeling in the world! Lisa loves spending time with her husband, 2 children, and 3 miniature daschunds and enjoying the great outdoors that this beautiful state has to offer!

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Rachell Lynn

Jen Coon

Associate Director of Teaching and Learning
504, Advanced Pre-K, Assessment, Research, and Virtual Learning

In 1996, Jen began their journey in education as an educational assistant for students with special needs. Being a non-traditional student themself, Jen recognized the need to serve others as an educator.  They obtained an AA in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University- Idaho (1994), a BA in Elementary Education from NMSU (2002) and an MA in Educational Leadership from WNMU (2016).  In over two decades with LCPS, Jen dedicated their service to the communities of Loma Heights and Sunrise Elementary- working hard and playing hard. During their free moments, Jen can be found exploring the outdoors with their family, tending to the needs of their farm, embracing all things DIY,  or watching episodes of the Magic School Bus for inspiration. 

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Esther Peterson

Esther Peterson

Associate Director of Teaching and Learning
K-12 ELA and Social Studies

Esther began her adventure as an educator in 1993, while working in an English Immersion program for 3 year olds. Her work at LCPS started in 2001 as a bilingual Kindergarten teacher at Conlee Elementary. She has a B.A. in Psychology, a M.A. in Pedagogy, and from NMSU a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and an MBA. Her favorite parts about reading instruction are providing students with vocabulary rich experiences and that moment when students realize reading is the door to learning. Esther loves winding down at home with her family, while sharing great food and a good movie.

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