Title: Instructor, Coordinator
Company: New Mexico State University
Location: Artesia, New Mexico, United States
José Esquipula Gallegos, Instructor, Coordinator at New Mexico State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.
Mr. Gallegos attributes his success to a time when he was graduating from high school. As a senior, he had a calling for the priesthood. When he graduated, he stayed home for a year to help his father. His family did migrant work. They had a ranch and his father turned over the farm to him. After the year, he went into the seminary. Mr. Gallegos took coursework at the Saint Francis de Sales Seminary from 1953 to 1955. He made it to the minor seminary in two years, taking Greek, Latin, Music, Religion, and so on. After two years there, he had to be tried vitiate, which is where you try the order and the order tries you to see if he would be able to go on or not. After that, he stayed for three years in the major seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He had discernment, so he decided that he was going to be a priest, but he was not doing as well as he wanted to. He ultimately decided to go home to continue college in his hometown. He fell in love with education and taught fifth grade for 29 years. Mr. Gallegos took coursework at Duns Scotus College from 1956 to 1959 and at the University of Detroit Mercy from 1957 to 1958. In 1962, he earned a BA from Eastern New Mexico University. Continuing with his education, he took postgraduate course work at the University of New Mexico from 1974 to 1983.
Mr. Gallergos began his professional career in 1962 as a fifth-grade teacher for Artesia Public School and remained in that position until 1991 when he became an instructor for the Chapter 1 Program for the Artesia Public Schools until 1993. In 1963, he also became an instructor and coordinator at New Mexico State University, where he remained until 2000. Civically, Mr. Gallergos was always involved in the community. Since 1965, he has been a board member for the New Mexico Adult Education Association. He was the president of the American GI Forum from 1962 to 1970, a leader for the Boy Scouts of America from 1963 to 1968, a leader for 4H from 1968 to 1979 and a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in 1993. He is also a Eucharistic minister for the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. As a testament to his success, Mr. Gallergos received an Outstanding Teacher Award from the New Mexico Adult Education Association in 1974. He is also listed in the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the West.
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