Adult Education Faculty

Letty NaranjoLetty Naranjo, AE Director
B.A., Sociology, NM State University
M.A. coursework in Sociology-Race and Ethnic Relations, NMSU

Letty Naranjo directs the Adult Basic Education program at SFCC. A licensed counselor, she began at the college in 1985, when she was hired in Enrollment and Student Services. After a decade with career counseling and new student programs, she moved into developmental/adult education and literacy programs as a coordinator and HSE examiner. That position led her to literacy program manager, and in 2010, she took over the role of AE director. AE serves more than 2,000 students a year.

Letty is passionate about seeing students who are most in need succeed so they can contribute more effectively to the community, sustain their families, get better jobs and become role models for their children.

[Read: SFCC’s Letty Naranjo Receives Mountain Plains Adult Education Award of Excellence

Susan Rathjen GearySusan Rathjen Geary
Literacy Volunteers Manager

Susan received her B.S. in art education with an English minor at Weber State University in 1976. Susan taught English, art, humanities and journalism on the high school level in rural New Mexico, and in 1989 became a site coordinator/instructor for SER Jobs for Progress at Capital High School, teaching basic, computer and pre-employment skills to at-risk youth. Since coming to SFCC, Susan has been certified in the PowerPath screening tool for adults with learning disabilities, and has conducted professional development trainings in learning disabilities throughout the state. Her educational goal is to continue studying how the brain learns in order to be a better advocate/instructor for all of her students.

Susan's diverse professional life includes owning an outdoor wilderness gear business for seven years and working as a landscaper. Though she enjoyed the outdoors-related work immensely, nothing is quite as fulfilling as being an educator.

Karen Lindquist Karen Lindquist
HSE Manager

Karen Lindquist holds a B.S. in psychology from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in special education, emphasizing learning disabilities and behavioral/emotional difficulties, from the University of Northern Colorado. She did her post-degree study in remedial reading and math instruction, and cross-cultural education. She has been involved in special education and therapeutic community intervention in California, Colorado and New Mexico.

Since 2004, Karen has coordinated computer-aided instruction for HSE, ESL and Basic Literacy students. She has certification training in the PowerPath System for screening and intervention of adult learning difficulties. When not teaching, she weaves tapestries.

Jim Spacht Jim Spacht
HSE Instructor

Jim Spacht has a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a major in English from Ohio Northern University, and a master's in school administration from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Jim spent twenty-five years as a teacher and administrator, and another quarter century in educational publishing with Steck-Vaughn, Houghton Mifflin and McDougal-Littell.

In 2011, Jim was a recipient of the first annual Besser Award from Governing Board member Bruce Besser. Jim has taught HSE at SFCC since 2001.

Gayle Torrez Gayle R. Torrez
AE Database Specialist

Gayle has a B.S. in mathematics from New Mexico Highlands University and an A.S. in computer science from New Mexico Highlands University. Prior to working at SFCC, she served as a database manager with the SWOOPE program sponsored by the Department of Energy at Los Alamos National Labs.

Gayle has been with SFCC since 1997. She began at the Information Services Helpdesk and joined the Adult Education department in 1999.

For more information, please contact Adult Education, 505-428-1353,

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