has been teaching in New Mexico for twenty years in private and
public preschools and kindergartens. She has a master’s degree
in early childhood education.
• Laura Docterman: Laura is a consultant with New Mexico
PreK, providing support to teachers with curriculum, lesson
planning, room environment, and teacher development. She has
taught infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners for
sixteen years. She has a BS in early child multicultural education
and is currently working on her master’s in early childhood cur-
riculum and instruction.
• Suzanne Hegarty: Suzanne has taught four-year-olds at St.
Saviour’s Church Nursery School in Greenwich, Connecticut, for
eight years. She and her colleagues implement the Connecticut
Preschool Assessment Framework through lesson planning and
portfolio assessment. She has a BS in education and has also
worked in the media center in an elementary school.
• Sue Jeffers: Sue has been teaching kindergarten at University
School (a private, independent school) in Milwaukee, Wiscon-
sin, for nineteen years. For ten of those years, she has served as
cochair of the preprimary department. She has a BA in elemen-
tary education and early childhood certification.
• Brenda Kofahl: Brenda is PreK Program Specialist and Data
Coordinator/K–3 Plus Program Manager in the Literacy Bureau,
New Mexico Public Education Department. She has been an
early childhood teacher, child care director, Head Start director,
birth to age eight education coordinator, and an elementary prin-
cipal. She taught full-day kindergarten in a visual and perform-
ing arts magnet school for nine years as well as teaching first and
second grades. She also taught university-level early childhood
courses and served for one year on the National Indian Head
Start Directors’ Board of Directors. She has a BS in elementary
education and an MS in education.
• Mary McQuiston: Mary is Education and Development Man-
ager for New Mexico PreK. She also teaches courses in early
childhood multicultural education at the university level. She
has been in the field of early childhood education since 1990 and
has worked with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in the roles
of classroom teacher, supervisor, and trainer. She has a PhD in