Gary Yamane is the first person that students and visitors are likely to meet when they enter the Taos Education and Career Center. He took a break from his busy day as TECC’s office manager to answer three questions.
What did you do before you came to TECC?
I was teaching a guitar class and working as the registrar at a small charter high school in Albuquerque. That was a year. Prior to that I taught at Moreno Valley High School in Angel Fire for 11 years teaching music. I was teaching guitar. I had beginner and intermediate classes. I had a rock band and taught a world music class.
What’s your role here at TECC?
I am the admin. assistant. So, I do the paperwork, the data base. I manage the office. All this copying you see here, I just did all that for Nina (Gonzales). It’s helping out teachers, helping Nina and Judy (Hofer). I make sure all the forms are up to date. I schedule the orientations. It’s all that background stuff that sort of glues things together.
What’s the best part about working at TECC?
It’s the students, of course. They’re just great. It’s so inspiring to see that people are interested in furthering their education and careers no matter what their age is — and that they’re dedicated to doing that. I’m proud to be a part of that.