Danielle Mathis

Monterrey Elementary | 5th Grade Teacher
Bachelor of Science in Education- Eastern New Mexico University, 2007
Master of Education- Lesley University, 2011

How did you wind up with Carlsbad Municipal Schools? 

I became a teacher with CMS because after college my husband, who is a wildlife biologist, accepted a position in Carlsbad. I applied and was lucky enough to secure a position in the district. We were fortunate enough to come back to where we both grew up.

Tell us a little bit about your professional background and your role in education?

This marks my 10th year in education as a classroom teacher. I have taught 2nd-5th grade over the course of my career. My undergraduate degree is from Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. A few years into my teaching career, I began pursuing my master’s degree. I received my Master of Education in 2011 from Lesley University with an emphasis on art integration. Upon completion of my master’s degree, I began working on and completed my +45 with an administrative certificate.

What made you want to enter the field of education? 

I have wanted to be a teacher since I was little girl. My mom tells me that I taught school to my cabbage patch dolls. A true inspiration in my life was my 3rd grade teacher, Mr. Hopkins.  He made learning fun and really cared about his students. Looking back I realize he had a huge impact on my decision to become an educator because I wanted to impact children’s lives in the same way he impacted mine.

Please tell us about any awards you have received for your work in education. 

I have been ranked by the New Mexico Public Education department as an exemplary teacher for the last two years with the new evaluation system. I was also recognized as part of the Carlsbad’s 40 under 40 for the Carlsbad Municipal School District in 2014. In addition, I was nominated for the district Character Counts award in 2010.

What is special about the Carlsbad educational system?

The Carlsbad educational system is special because the drive of the district is truly student centered. We have many excellent teachers who are dedicated to and work hard for their students in this community. Our district is also very open and willing to bring in new opportunities to help our students succeed.

What do you want people to know about your school, its educators and the work they do, that perhaps they might not know about or understand? 

Monterrey Elementary is a hidden gem! So many people have no idea about the wonderful staff and students we have in our school. Our instructional staff is very close knit and we work as cohesive unit for our students. We have a very strong school camaraderie where everyone is supported. Proud to be a Monterrey Eagle!

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? 

The most rewarding aspect of my job is being able to watch my students succeed. There is nothing better than visiting with a prior student and learning about all of their current successes in and outside of the classroom. I set a goal each year for my students to reach their full potential and I work diligently to help them see their strengths.

Do you have a motto or saying that you live by? 

I actually have two:

“Life is a journey not a destination.”

“Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.” 

“Although being a teacher is an important part my life, my family is my everything. I have been married to my husband Matt for 14 years. I am also a proud mom of two boys, Jeffrey (13) and Collin (8). I stay busy with both boys and their endless activities. When I’m not teaching I am an excellent mom taxi and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”