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Joe Dan Lovato

New MexicoTeach Plus
Science/STEAM-H Educator/Curriculum
Albuquerque
Joe Dan M. Lovato is a science educator and musician originally from Roy, New Mexico (Class of 2003). He earned a BA in Education from ENMU in 2007, a MA in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from ENMU in 2014, and finished his Educational Administration Licensure requirements from ENMU as well. He possesses a Level III Administration license, a Level III-A K-8 Elementary license, and Pre K-12 Special Education with endorsements in Science and Health. Joe Dan finished his 11th year teaching at a charter school located in the heart of Albuquerque. Along with teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science at the school; he also teaches the 8th grade Next-Step class, the STEAM-H elective, and incentive electives in cryptozoology, extraterrestrial/paranormal investigations, intro to songwriting, and guitar workshop. The New Mexico Public Education Department nominated Joe Dan as a candidate and finalist for 2018 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. He was also identified as an Exemplary Educator for the past 4 years and received the NMPED Excellence in Teaching Award in 2018. Joe Dan was selected as a 2019 New Mexico Teach Plus Fellow where he and his team are currently conducting research and advocating for Social and Emotional Learning. He also serves as his school's representative for the New Mexico Teacher Leader Network (NMTLN).
Joe Dan is a singer, song writer, and guitarist who has played with a variety of musicians and shared the stage with many different bands throughout the years. He was a member of the local progressive rock band Blackwater Draw (2006-2015) and has since embarked on a solo career under the moniker “Joe Dan The Man”. He released his debut self-titled EP in 2015 with positive reviews and is currently working on a full-length album with two separate projects. Joe Dan and his wife Brandi (originally from Portales) are raising their very energetic 2 years old, Joe Danna Lee Lovato.
"Being a teacher and musician gives me the platforms necessary to invoke change in the most positive manner possible.”