File photo (7/10)-Hilda Pacheco-Peeples received an Employee of the Month Award from President, Dr. John Madden

March 9, 2017


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Hilda Pacheco-Peeples, Director of Adult Education at ENMU-Roswell, has been selected as a runner-up for the prestigious Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Administrator of the Year Award. With a membership of 15,000, COBE provides a variety of services including annually providing competitive national-level awards, incentive grants, and scholarship opportunities through special funding provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Pacheco-Peeples was nominated for COABE’s Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award and was selected as a runner-up.

Nancy Alvarado, Adult Education instructor, nominated Pacheco-Peeples for the award. “It is her own personal experience that makes Ms. Pacheco-Peeples a great administrator and a great advocate for adult education. She goes above and beyond to assist future and current adult education students achieve their goals. Hilda will always take the time to talk to students. She has an open door policy, even though it may mean working late into the evening to make sure that each student gets the attention that he or she deserves. Ms. Hilda Pacheco-Peeples is the proud child of Mexican immigrants who emigrated from Mexico when she was a child. Ms. Pacheco-Peeples understands personally how barriers in one’s life can become obstacles in achieving dreams if one does not have a support team and excellent teachers.

Ms. Pacheco-Peeples graduated high school and attended college as a single parent. She did not let this set her back. She held down two jobs and attended college full time in the evenings, and studied hard to make the Dean’s List, receiving her associate degree at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell and then a bachelor of arts in education from Eastern New Mexico University. In Hilda’s ‘spare time,’ she coaches little league Tee-ball. She also tutors for the Host Program and the Reading for Success Program in a local elementary school. Currently, Ms. Pacheco-Peeples works with many programs, including Roswell Independent School District, Boys and Girls Club of America, CASA, Career Links, SL Start, and the New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy. In addition, Hilda serves on the Comprehensive Strategy Board which collaborates with community leaders to find solutions that will positively impact the community’s youth. She is on the panel for the Juvenile Community Corrections Program, and works closely with the New Mexico Adult Education Association Board and other adult education directors throughout the state to continually remain current in her field.”

COABE provides leadership, communication, professional development, and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners in order to advance quality services for all adult learners. The mission is to inspire educators so adults succeed and communities thrive. One way that the organization encourages these activities is by spotlighting excellence in the field.