Elected to a term March 2020 - March 2024
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Nathaniel Evans was born and raised in Taos, NM. He has been active in education since his return to Taos after receiving a BS in Biology from Antioch College in Ohio. After receiving his degree, he was eager to come back to Taos and serve his community. In 2004, Nathaniel began teaching 7th and 8th grade math and science at Taos Charter School, and he became actively involved in the community. He has served on the budget committee of Taos Charter School, helping to manage a budget of over $1 million for the last eight years, as well as serving on the Governing Council for six years. Nathaniel was recently appointed to the Math and Science Advisory Council for the New Mexico Department of Education, and he works closely with STEM professionals from LANL, Sandia National Labs, UNM, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the state Public Education Department, and school districts across the state focusing on enriching and guiding STEM education in New Mexico.
A highly-qualified educator and National Board Certified teacher in Early Adolescent Mathematics, Nathaniel received a Golden Apple Award for New Mexico in 2012 and was awarded the Best of Taos Educator in 2014.
With a lifelong passion for service, Nathaniel served as a Level 1 Firefighter and EMT Basic for four years, both in Yellow Springs, OH, and here in Taos. He worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters for seven years, running the Taos program, and has been involved in truancy prevention for students with Juvenile Probation Office referrals. He was also the Health Clinic Coordinator at Taos High School.
In 1991, Nathaniel spent three months in Thailand and Nepal, on a trip focused on building a school in Pokhara, Nepal. The trip opened his eyes to true poverty. “I saw children younger than I walking barefoot behind their fathers carrying rocks on their backs,” he said. From that moment on, he has had a deep appreciation for the privileges that come with being a US citizen. That trip also began a love for travel that continues today. He traveled to Mexico for a Spanish language immersion class in 1997; he is proficient in Spanish. He worked for Desarollo Integral Del Familia in Oaxaca in 2001, serving underprivileged citizens of Mexico by providing basic first aid and CPR training to the surrounding Colonias. He continues to travel today as often as he can, but he is always glad to return home to Taos.
In 2011, Nathaniel met his wife Montserrat Oyanedel Tolmo up in the Ski Valley, where she was doing a work and travel program through her Chemical Engineering College in Valparaiso, Chile. They fell in love and traveled to Chile for 6 weeks, when he met her family and asked for her hand in marriage. They began the immigration process and now own a house together in Cruz Alta.
Nathaniel believes that we need to continue to come together to improve our diverse community in as many ways as we can. We need to focus on providing opportunities for our youth and making Taos a more livable place by providing affordable housing, smart development, clean industry job opportunities, green space preservation and safe bike and walking paths. This can all be achieved through transparency, unity, and progress. He welcomes and needs the community’s input, advice and participation and knows firsthand that we are a strong, diverse community. We need to put aside our differences and unify for the betterment of the generations to come.
Nathaniel loves Taos and is an avid hiker, skier, fisherman and outdoorsman. He counts himself lucky to have been born in such a pristine, beautiful and unique place.