Doris Rivera joined the LANL Foundation in 2015 to support and train teachers as part of the professional development component of the ISEC program. She brings experiential science and excitement of learning to children and teachers in Northern New Mexico.
Doris worked with the Smithsonian’s LASERi3 project starting in 2012 where she was a classroom teacher and trainer and participated in the NM Strategic Planning Institute to bring the inquiry science program to the Chama Valley Independent School District. She also served as the district Science Professional Learning Community (PLC) Leader, Science Site Coordinator, and taught content courses to LASERi3 teachers in other school districts.
Prior to her work with inquiry learning, Doris taught K–5th grade for 18 years in the Farmington, Santa Fe, and Chama Valley school districts. She received her bachelor’s degree from Adams State University in Alamosa, CO, and her master’s degree in education from the College of Santa Fe. Doris is from Canjilon, NM, where she lives on a ranch with her husband, son, and daughter.