Hello from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA!

Hello from New Mexico! My name is Jennifer and my students call me Ms. Jen. I have been teaching for 15 years. I have taught students in grades 2 - 5, 6 - 12, and college. Currently, I'm teaching 6th, 7th and 8th Graders in Language Arts and Social Studies.

I was born here in Albuquerque, a place that I love dearly. I've also lived in Las Vegas, Nevada; Orlando, Florida; and Charleston, South Carolina. Here's a map of where I've lived in the United States.

I live with my family - my husband and my daughter. We have a pet dog and a few pet fish.

New Mexico is a unique part of the United States. Geographically, it is a fascinating and diverse area. Below are some of my photographs from around the state.

There are 313 million people in the United States. The population of New Mexico is slightly more than 2 million. The population of Albuquerque is nearly 600,000.

This part of the United States was first inhabited by indigenous peoples who traveled from Asia to North America via the Bering Strait. Those people created sophisticated civilizations like at Chaco Canyon.

The Spanish arrived in New Mexico in 1527 and Spanish settlement began in 1598. The Spanish systematically worked to convert indigenous peoples to Catholicism and made the practice of indigenous people's own religions illegal. After decades of enslavement and denial of rights, indigenous groups organized a rebellion - the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 which successfully drove out the Spaniards for 12 years.

Spanish Colonization lasted until 1821 when Mexico won its independence from Spain. Mexico and the US went to war in 1846 and ended with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 which resulted in New Mexico becoming a territory of the United States. New Mexico became the 47th state in 1912.

Our Indigenous, Spanish, Mexican history is reflected in language (many people speak Spanish and there are multiple indigenous languages spoken), architecture, culture, religion, and foods.

We have many traditional foods that are considered New Mexican.

Red and Green Chili are important to us here in New Mexico. My family eats green chili everyday!

Tortillas and Sopapillas are delicious.

Our state cookie is the biscochito. My family bakes hundreds of biscochitos at Christmas time.

This is near Deming is in the south. It is hot, dry and windy in this area.
The Rio Grande River flows from north to south and through Albuquerque.
Red Rocks in western NM - this was my class last year climbing the sand dunes.
We have several mountain ranges. My class last year watching the sunrise.
3,446 m on Mt. Taylor. The highest point in NM is Wheeler Peek at 4,013 m.
The Sandia Mountains are to the east of Albuquerque. This view is from my house.

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