Jack McFarland, Director of College, Career, & Civic Readiness
Jack has an impressive track record in educational leadership at both the district and building levels. His visionary leadership paved the way for the development and execution of the College, Career, and Civic Readiness initiatives aligned with GMCS’s strategic ELEVATE 2025 goals. He has excelled in fostering support systems for students, from career exploration to rigorous academic pathways, and has actively collaborated regionally to champion college and career readiness. As a turnaround principal, he transformed Miyamura High School, culminating in a commendable “B+” state rating. Throughout his professional journey, Jack McFarland has consistently emphasized the development of teacher leaders, championed data-driven instruction, and engaged in national and state programs for educational advancement. His academic credentials include a master’s in educational leadership from Western New Mexico University and specialized certifications from esteemed institutions in New Mexico. A blend of strong educational, business, and leadership experiences defines his holistic approach to student success.
Kyndee Keeler, Coordinator of College, Career, & Civic Readiness
Kyndee is an accomplished educator and administrator with a rich history in the Gallup-McKinley County Schools, Kyndee Keeler holds both an MA in Educational Leadership from Western New Mexico University and a B.S.Ed. in Secondary Reading & Special Education from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Her professional journey has seen her in roles ranging from English Teacher and Dance Coach to College, Administrator to College, Career, and Civic Readiness Coordinator. Throughout her career, she has consistently demonstrated a talent for curriculum development, mentoring, leadership, and promoting college and career readiness. Recognized by the New Mexico Public Education Department multiple times for her excellence in teaching, she has a proven track record of driving student success, fostering professional growth among educators, and ensuring optimal learning environments.
Arnel Dela Cruz, Coordinator of College, Career, & Civic Readiness
Arnel is a visionary leader, reflective educator, and dedicated lifelong learner. Serving as the Coordinator of College, Career, & Civic Readiness for Gallup-McKinley County Schools, he has been instrumental in developing sustainable practices for the GMCS Pathways Program and enhancing technology integration in educational settings. His roles have ranged from instructional coaching and Pathway coordinator at Miyamura High School to Science department chair at East Gadsden High School, Florida. He is a certified science teacher with TESOL endorsement in multiple states and holds three Master’s degrees: one in Educational Leadership from Western New Mexico University, another in Science Teaching from New Mexico Tech, and a third in Science Education with a major in Biology from the Philippine Normal University. Passionate about innovative teaching practices and leveraging technology for enhanced learning, he remains committed to driving student success and advancing educational best practices.
Lilverlyn Charley, Pathway Associate
Lynn is a dedicated individual with a strong aspiration to become a vital member of the Gallup community. With an impressive 15-year tenure at Gallup McKinley County Schools, Lynn has developed a deep-rooted passion for education and a commitment to guiding young adults toward a career-focused future after graduation. Currently, Lynn is on a journey to expand her knowledge and skill set by pursuing an associate degree in business administration. This educational endeavor aligns perfectly with her goal of empowering and mentoring young adults, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in their professional lives. Lynn’s career path has been marked by diversity and an insatiable thirst for knowledge. With a team-oriented mindset, Lilverlynn Charley is a strong advocate for collective efforts to achieve common goals. She is dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment in Gallup and is determined to make a positive impact, inspire young adults, and contribute to the growth and prosperity of the community. Lynn’s journey is driven by a profound commitment to the betterment of Gallup, and she invites others to join her in working together to make a difference.
Casey Begaye, Pathway Associate
Stephanie Regensberg, CCCR Secretary