Our Staff

Gloria Rael, Executive Director

A native New Mexican, Gloria earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts in Business from New Mexico Highlands University. Using this education, Gloria has applied her passion to program development and management with public, private and non-profit organizations constantly striving to find innovative ways to expand her knowledge to address the unmet need in Adult Education.

Jamie Trujillo, Program Director

Jamie grew up in Grants, New Mexico, and attended the University of New Mexico where she received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and then received her Masters in Psychology from the University of Phoenix in 2010. She plans on pursuing her Ph.D in Psychology, using that education to further help her students academically, emotionally and mentally. Within Adult Education, Jamie is a New Mexico Distance Education Learning Technologies (NMDELT) Master Teacher, Secretary of the New Mexico Adult Education Association (NMAEA), and serves as a C3 Mentor.

Janice Pecos, Lead Instructor

Janice Pecos comes from the Pueblos of Cochiti and Ohkay Owingeh. She was reared in Cochiti Pueblo where she learned the ways of the Pueblo People. Her first and best teachers were family. They taught her the importance of love, trust, and integrity, three attributes she’s carried with her day to day. Growing up in a large extended family in Cochiti Pueblo surrounded by cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents, had a profound effect on Janice. She attended Bernalillo Public Schools beginning in kindergarten through twelfth grade where she received a diploma from Bernalillo High School. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of New Mexico and taught elementary students for almost twenty-five years. She came to ABQ-GED in 2014 where she has been given the opportunity to continue her teaching career. She loves teaching ABE because it allows her to connect with students on a personal level. The connection helps her understand each student’s learning style and learn what additional support each student may need. She believes each person has unlimited potential to be successful.

Al Gelburd, Student Support Specialist

Al Gelburd grew up in upstate New York and eventually made their way to New Mexico in 2016. After pursuing various careers in the arts and education, they started working at Albuquerque Adult Learning Center in 2017. Al started off as the Intake Coordinator but has since then expanded their title to include Student Support Specialist, making sure resources and support are provided to all of our students. In the Fall of 2019 Al will return to school to obtain a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Highlands University. Al is thrilled to be apart of such an amazing program and see each student succeed.

Taylor Stanton, Career Pathways Coordinator/Instructor

Taylor is the Career Pathways Coordinator and an Instructor at ABQ ALC. He received his BA in Africana Studies from Oberlin College, with a concentration in Caribbean Literature and Education. While attending Oberlin, he was awarded the department's Excellence in Academic Acheivement certificate and membership to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Before the Learning Center, Taylor spent time developing and facilitating educational programming for individuals recently released from juvenile and adult corrections. Now he works in adult education because he loves recognizing and mentoring the critical, original minds of our learners, listening and learning every step of the way.