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.

Dr. Wendi Miller-Tomlinson

Dr. Wendi Miller Tomlinson

Deputy Superintendent
Division of Teaching, Learning, Leadership, and Research
wmillertomlinson@lcps.net

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 both 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

Leanne Garcia

Executive Director of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
lgarcia5@lcps.net

Leanne Garcia began her career in education in 1995 as a teacher in Deming, New Mexico.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Her favorite part of her job is spending time in schools and working alongside school and district leadership to create meaningful opportunities for students in Las Cruces. When she is not working, Leanne enjoys playing golf and spending time with her family. 

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Criss Grubbs

Criss Grubbs

Executive Director of Virtual Teaching and Learning
cgrubbs@lcps.net

Criss started her first teaching job in 1997 in Lake Arthur, NM where she taught accounting and yearbook and coached girls’ volleyball and basketball.  Criss has also worked in Artesia and Deming before coming to Las Cruces Public Schools.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, a Masters of Science in Home Economics Education and a Masters of Art in Educational Management & Development. Her favorite part of being in education is the relationships she has been able to build with students.  She loves to see them years later and for them to tell her how their schooling experiences has impacted their lives.  On her spare time Criss enjoys playing golf, swimming and reading !

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Associate Directors of Teaching and Learning

Carrie Hernandez

Carrie Hernandez

Associate Director of Teaching and Learning
Career Readiness and Student Success
chernandez@lcps.net

Carrie began her career in 1998/99 School Year. Her education includes BA and MA in Agriculture Extension Education with Minors in Range Science and Counseling Education Psychology from NMSU (1994/1996), as well as a K-12 Administrative Degree (2005). Carrie's favorite part of her job is working with innovative students, staff, and administrators to encourage life long learning. She has a passion for Agricultural Literacy/Hands-on Education/Plant and Animal Therapy. Carrie enjoys spending her personal time with her son Russell.

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Stephanie Hofacket

Stephanie Hofacket

Associate Director of Teaching and Learning
K-12 Science
shofacket@lcps.net

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
lhufstedler@lcps.net

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

Rachell Lynn

Associate Director of Teaching and Learning
Assessment and Research
rhochheim@lcps.net

Rachell Lynn has been working in education since 2001. Her favorite part of the job is supporting other educators in their professional growth and celebrating student learning with students and parents. Rachell is an avid learner, currently working on her obtaining her Doctorate in Education. Her passion, optimism and caring nature contribute to her commitment to education.

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Esther Peterson

Esther Peterson

Associate Director of Teaching and Learning
K-12 ELA and Social Studies
epeterso@lcps.net

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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