Welcome to the UNM Parent Association!
It's the beginning of Spring Semester 2013! Can you hear the flower bulbs starting to spout? Soon we will all begin to thaw. This is an exciting time for the students, faculty and us as parents. I wanted to take the time to introduce myself to you. I am Angi Gonzales Carver, I have been bestowed the great honor and privilege to be President of UNM Parent Association. I am married to Rodney Carver. We are small business owners, Carver Construction Co. Inc. We have two amazing children. My son Adrian Carver graduated from UNM 2011. My daughter Dani Carver is a senior and will graduate in the fall 2013. It took a lot of hard work on all our parts to get these two to where they are today.
Since before my children were born, my husband and I made a commitment to be advocates for our children's education. When my son started elementary school, I was instrumental in starting a PTA at the school. In middle school the same thing. Why, because I saw the value in parental involvement and advocating not just for my children but for all to get a quality education. I worked through the ranks from local PTAs to State PTA becoming New Mexico State PTA President 2007-2009. I am now with the National PTA as a Committee Member. As I said before I now have the honor to serve as President of UNM Parent Association.
Advocacy for education does not stop when our children leave high school. Understanding that these students are now adults, they still need our support and we have a different role in advocating for them. The UNM Parent Association is an important avenue in which to do this. We together can help navigate the system to help those freshman become seniors and productive, contributing adults. If you have a student at UNM you can and should be a member. You have the next great idea to help our students succeed! As we move forward I am thrilled to help along with the rest of the new board to lead the way.
On a final note it is my pleasure to announce that we have a full time Administrative Officer for the Parent Association, Bernadette Jaramillo-Peck. She is on board to assist the association to run smoothly and continue the fantastic work of our association. Please don't hesitate to contact her @ 505-277-3187 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Angi Gonzales Carver